Brexit Five Years On 23 June 2021 Yanis Varoufakis video interview: “I hope the UK rejoins the EU – but Europe must change” The former Greek finance minister on why Remain lost, why Labour is struggling and whether the EU would accept Scotland as a member state. Carsten Koall/Getty Images Yanis Varoufakis, the former Greek finance minister, at a campaign stop ahead of European parliamentary elections on May 10, 2019 in Hanover, Germany. Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up Five years ago today, the UK voted to leave the European Union. To mark the anniversary, I spoke to Yanis Varoufakis, the former Greek finance minister and the author of books including Adults In The Room: My Battle with Europe's Deep Establishment, about how Brexit has transformed British politics, the struggles of Labour and the European centre left and whether an independent Scotland could join the EU. › The UK is immersed in a class-culture war – and Labour is incapable of winning it George Eaton is senior online editor of the New Statesman. Subscribe To stay on top of global affairs and enjoy even more international coverage subscribe for just £1 per month!