Actor Liam Neeson has ordered politicians “to get back to work” as he admitted his frustration with post-Brexit trade deals in Northern Ireland.
A DUP boycott is currently putting decentralized power-sharing institutions on hold due to economic trade barriers from Great Britain.
The UK and EU recently agreed a new deal addressing the Northern Ireland Protocol trade deal, but the DUP has yet to align itself with the Windsor framework.
It reduces controls on goods entering Northern Ireland from the UK via a green lane, while goods entering the Republic of Ireland enter via a red lane.
Neeson, 70, criticized the Windsor Framework
Speaking to RTE, Taken star Neeson, 70, said he’s trying to keep up with developments in the country from his home in New York.
“Of course, with all the protocol and all that stuff, part of you wants to say, ‘Come on for heaven’s sake, we’re talking about sausages and of course the shit that’s going on in the Middle East and Ukraine’.
“But they work their way through it and you know there is no limit and there will be a green lane and a red lane.
“How many months did it take to think, ‘Hey, let’s think of a green lane and a red lane’?
The New York-based actor said he tries to keep up with the news at home
“And for God’s sake get back to work. You receive a salary. Go back to work, represent the people, all the people.”
Support for the Windsor Framework came from US President Joe Biden, who welcomed Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar to the White House for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.
The visit came just a few weeks after the agreement.
Speaking with Varadkar to the media ahead of their bilateral talks, President Biden referred to his recent talks with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on the revised deal with the EU on post-Brexit trade deals.
Biden and Varadkar at the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations at the White House
“I have been very supportive of the Windsor Framework and I know you are too,” the President said.
At a later St. Patrick’s luncheon on Capitol Hill hosted by Speaker Kevin McCarthy, Biden again expressed his firm support for the Windsor framework.
“This is a crucial step and will help ensure that all people in Northern Ireland have the opportunity to reach their full potential,” he said.
Earlier at the White House, Varadkar thanked the President for supporting Ireland’s position on Brexit-related issues.
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