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UK Parliament Advances Bill to Enhance Authorities’ Crypto Seizure Powers

Lawmakers in the upper chamber of the United Kingdom’s Parliament are advancing legislation aimed at expanding authorities’ capabilities to combat the illicit use of cryptocurrencies.

During a House of Lords meeting on July 4, the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill underwent a third reading. This bill, introduced in September 2022, seeks to enhance law enforcement’s power to tackle financial crimes involving cryptocurrencies.

Lawmakers in the House of Lords did not propose any significant changes related to crypto enforcement during the recent reading. Instead, they focused on minor amendments to improve the bill.

The June 27 version of the bill included provisions to amend existing frameworks, granting authorities more flexibility in confiscating and recovering crypto assets.

The legislation also clarified the government’s jurisdiction over digital assets intended for terrorism or related purposes. The bill will undergo further consideration of all proposed amendments before it can be enacted into law through royal assent.

The United Kingdom government expressed its intention to regulate cryptocurrencies rigorously in order to combat their illicit use.

This plan was announced as part of the government’s economic crime strategy for the period of 2023 to 2026. Lawmakers aimed to pass the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill by the fourth quarter of 2023, and they also planned to collaborate with various agencies to implement the Financial Action Task Force’s Travel Rule.

Additionally, the House of Lords conducted a third reading of the Financial Services and Markets Bill on June 19. This legislation, which became law on June 29, aimed to support the adoption of crypto assets within the country.

The United Kingdom’s proactive approach to crypto regulation showcases its commitment to becoming a global hub for the digital asset industry. With the recent advancements in legislation aimed at empowering authorities to seize cryptocurrencies used for illicit purposes, the UK government is demonstrating its resolve to tackle financial crimes associated with digital assets.

By fostering a regulatory framework that balances consumer protection and innovation, the UK is positioning itself as an attractive destination for businesses and investors seeking a well-regulated crypto ecosystem. As the country continues its efforts to establish itself as an international leader in the field, the future looks promising for the UK’s crypto industry.

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