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UK Government Moves Closer to Regulating Cryptocurrencies with the Financial Services and Markets Bill

In a significant development the UK's Financial Services and Markets Bill (FSMB) received approval from the House of Lords which marks an important milestone in the legislative process . The bill aims to regulate cryptocurrencies and empower regulators to establish specific rules in the crypto arena .

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In a significant development the UK’s Financial Services and Markets Bill (FSMB) received approval from the House of Lords which marks an important milestone in the legislative process . The bill aims to regulate cryptocurrencies and empower regulators to establish specific rules in the crypto arena .

 

UK Government Seeks to Catch Up with European Union in Crypto Regulation

 

With the FSMB the UK government aims to catch up with the European Union in terms of crypto regulation . The Treasury has been engaging in consultations to develop these rules and is considering introducing new regulations in the next 12 months . This move is in response to the European Union’s recent finalization of its own regulation the MICA law with a focus on stablecoins .

 

Contrasting Approaches: US Crackdown versus Hong Kong’s Attraction

 

While some countries like those in the European Union and the UK are working on clear regulations for cryptocurrencies the United States continues its aggressive pursuit of the industry potentially obstructing technological innovation . Meanwhile countries like Hong Kong are seizing the opportunity by attracting American giants to establish their presence in their region and aim to capitalize on the thriving crypto industry .

The UK is working to establish a regulatory framework that finds a balance between innovation and consumer protection as the Financial Services and Markets Bill approaches becoming law . The UK wants to assert itself as a major player on the international stage in the cryptocurrency industry by integrating its legislation with those of the European Union . The United States on the other hand receives criticism for its harsh policy which could impede innovation and push companies to more crypto friendly locations like Hong Kong . The Lower House of Parliament vote and royal approval are the FSMB’s next critical steps to put the UK one step closer to complete cryptocurrency regulation .

 

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