Jacob Rees-Mogg has denied supporting an anti-Islam German party after tweeting a speech by its leader.
The Conservative MP faced criticism for sharing a speech in which Alternative for Germany’s (AfD) Alice Weidel criticised Brussels’s handling of Brexit.
Mr Rees-Mogg said his tweet did not qualify as an “endorsement” of the AfD but said the speech was of “real importance”.
The Eurosceptic MP said: "I'm not supporting the AfD, but this is a speech made in the Bundestag of real importance because it shows a German view of Brexit.
"And I think it's important people know that this is a strand of German political thinking.
"I don't think retweeting is an endorsement of things that other people stand for - it's just pointing out that there's something interesting that is worth watching."
Mr Rees-Mogg tweeted a video by AfD leader Alice Weidel on Sunday.
Labour MP David Lammy acused Mr Rees-Mogg of “promoting Germay’s overtly racist party” following the tweet.
He added: “We are supposed to sit back while xenophobes, nativists, nationalists & isolationists do their best to tear Europe apart again. We must not let them win."
Founded in 2013 as a Euroscpetic party, AfD has caused outrage for its increasingly tough stance on race and religion.
The party faced heavy criticism last year for posters calling for “Islam-free schools”, picturing a group of light-skinned children.
Jewish leaders have also condemned party founder Björn Höcke after he called for a “180 degree change in [Germany’s] commemoration policy” to the Holocaust in 2017.