Many Irish people have been vocal in the ways that Brexit is failing Ireland, but in a recent interview, Cillian Murphy perfectly summarised why.
Speaking with The Guardian to promote the new season of Peaky Blinders – in which Tommy Shelby is about to step foot into politics, coincidentally – the actor was asked about Brexit.
He was typically succinct and eloquent, but still didn’t mince his words, saying:
The Good Friday agreement was predicated on there not being a border and to think that you can hold Ireland to ransom, you can’t.
When pressed further he added:
Listen, if you and I are in a club and there are 28 members of the club and I decided to leave, why would I get preferential treatment? Doesn’t make any sense.
He went on to say: "And if Ireland is a member of that club and me leaving undermines their whole set-up and the peace they have, it doesn’t make any sense, and it’s not equitable or fair and it’s because the whole thing was sold on a bunch of misinformation."
This isn't the only time that Murphy has expressed an interest in political matters. In April last year the actor urged men to vote in Ireland's referendum on abortion legislation, encouraging men to "come out and support women." He has also been vocal in his support of the publics right and need to vote in matters of importance. In conversation with Blindboy Boatclub of Irish comedy hip-hop duo The Rubberbandits, Murphy said at the time:
“I remember being 18 and being fed up with everything, fed up with society, fed up with the political system, fed up with myself and then you kind of go ‘actually this voting thing is amazing’ because you have a chance to change it, right?”
There isn’t yet a release date for the return of Peaky Blinders, but if this interview is anything to go by, Tommy Shelby’s new political career is likely to be interesting.