The US and UK Strengthen Ties Regarding Crypto Regulations, Says British Regulator

  • Richard Marley
  • July 18, 2022
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The Top British regulator FCA reported that the US and UK are strengthening ties on crypto regulations

Britain’s top financial regulatory body, the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) has reported on the deepening of ties between the United States and the United Kingdom on regulations regarding cryptocurrencies and assets. It said: “In the past, innovative firms would have been pleading for less regulation. Now they understand and appreciate that rules are there to help provide certainty,”

Nikhil Rathi, the chief executive of the U.K Financial Conduct Authority outlined the goals of the regulatory body at the Peterson Institute of International Economics. He mentioned the global focus on the crypto market and the risks involved. According to Nikhil, “Currently, our remit is limited to anti-money laundering rules for platforms. We have applied those strict rules as we would to any other firm that wants to operate in the U.K. market.”

The regulator added: The U.S. and U.K. will deepen ties on crypto-asset regulation and market developments — including in relation to stablecoins and the exploration of central bank digital currencies.

Rathi continued by mentioning the FCA’s “Cryptosprints,” which attracted close to 200 participants earlier this year. The FCA stated on its website that the event’s goal was to gather opinions from the industry regarding the state of the market and the creation of a suitable regulatory regime.

“Participants told us they wanted a regulatory regime for crypto assets as a high priority … They also want regulation phased in over time, to allow firms and investors to prepare and for the rules to fit the evolving crypto assets.”

The Queen’s Speech, released in May, contained the U.K. government’s legislative programme for the upcoming parliamentary year. The safe adoption of cryptocurrency and resilient outsourcing to technology providers are two goals of one of the laws. The creation of “powers to more swiftly and easily capture and reclaim crypto assets, which are the main medium utilised for ransomware,” is another goal.

Additionally, the British government launched a comprehensive plan in April to transform the nation into a major cryptocurrency hub and “a welcoming environment for crypto.” The strategy calls for creating a flexible framework for cryptocurrency regulation, regulating stablecoins, and collaborating with the Royal Mint to develop a non-fungible token (NFT) that will be released by the summer.

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