The Crypto and Digital Assets All Parliamentary Group (APPG) has called on the UK government to promptly introduce regulations for crypto financial services and appoint a dedicated official to oversee the process.
The APPG, comprising lawmakers from various political parties, emphasized the permanence of cryptocurrencies and stressed the need for immediate regulation.
In a comprehensive report, the group proposed 53 recommendations for governing the crypto industry in the country.
To align with this urgency, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s government recently concluded a consultation, suggesting the inclusion of crypto within existing financial services regulations.
CryptoUK, an APPG-affiliated lobby group, responded to the consultation by advocating for specific crypto regulations to be implemented within a year, a target the government hopes to achieve.
In parallel, parliamentary discussions are already underway regarding legislation that grants lawmakers additional authority over the crypto sector, facilitating the ability of law enforcement agencies to seize and freeze digital assets.
Presently, crypto companies must register with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to operate within the UK.
APPG Chair Lisa Cameron highlighted the report’s significance in safeguarding consumers and establishing the UK’s leadership in the rapidly expanding cryptocurrency and digital asset space.
The inquiry, launched in August of the previous year, was prompted by the government’s ambition, announced by former finance minister Sunak in April, to position the UK as a prominent crypto hub.
Throughout the inquiry, the APPG gathered insights from industry members, regulators, and the public.
Lawmakers outlined the proposed role of the government official and examined the existing approaches of regulatory bodies such as the Bank of England, Advertising Standards Authority, and FCA in regulating crypto.
The report also delved into the potential of a central bank digital currency, which the government is presently consulting on before deciding its issuance.
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