MONTGOMERYSHIRE'S MP says he is has been reassured that the Good Friday Agreement with Northern Ireland will not be affected by the UK's withdrawal from the EU in January

Earlier this week in Parliament Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis MP said he expects the UK would “break international law” in a "very specific and limited way" with its proposals to change how a key agreement with the EU operates.

He added that there are “clear precedents” for the UK and other countries which need to consider their international obligations as circumstances change, which led to fears the Good Friday Agreement could be at risk.

Craig Williams, MP for Montgomeryshire said he needed to clarify exactly how international law may be broken by proposed changes but said he has been reassured the Good Friday Agreement will remain in place.

He said: "Those comments in the international arena aren't exactly ideal, but I need to dig in to see exactly which law is being broken.

"But we want to protect the Good Friday Agreement above all else and I have been given reassurance that (that agreement) is staying in place."

Mr Williams was speaking during a visit to Powys from Minister for Trade, Ranil Jayawardena MP, who said the Montgomeryshire MPs is a great advocate for farming.

He said: "Craig Williams has been a great advocate for farming in Westminster and has continued to make sure local farmers' views are heard and that's why I was delighted to come along here today to hear their voices first hand."

Meanwhile, Mr Williams has welcomed an agreement that has been reached in principle by the UK and Japanese Governments to place geographical protections on a number of domestic products, including Welsh lamb.

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Liz Truss speaks to Japan's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Toshimitsu Motegi

He added: “It is fantastic news that Welsh Lamb has these stronger protections. Now only native Welsh Lamb can be advertised on labels.

"This has been something the farming community in Wales has been calling for, for many years and I am pleased to see these Geographic Indications introduced in our very first trade agreement. Clear action, and not just words from the UK Government.

"I look forward to seeing this protections extended to our agreements with other nations, as a part of the UK Government’s Commitment to protect our agricultural community, and promote our high quality produce around the world.”

It is estimated the deal will boost trade with Japan by £15.2 billion.