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UK Government Sets July Deadline for Crypto Regulation Legislation

The UK government is set to take major steps in regulating the crypto asset space, with Economic Secretary to The Treasury, Bim Afolami, announcing plans for legislation by the end of July.

Afolami delivered this timeline during the Innovate Finance Global Summit, highlighting the government’s commitment to establishing a robust regulatory framework for cryptoassets.

The forthcoming legislation aims to oversee a range of crypto-related activities, including stablecoins, crypto staking, and exchange and custody services. Once enacted, these regulations will bring these activities within the regulatory perimeter for the first time, marking a new development in the UK’s approach to crypto regulation.

This announcement follows a timeline laid out by Afolami earlier in February, where he stated the government’s intention to finalize secondary stablecoin legislation within six months.

Building on this, October 2023 saw the UK government publishing proposals outlining its regulatory plans for the crypto sector. Among these proposals was the requirement for firms to obtain authorization from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to engage in crypto-related activities.

The momentum for regulatory action had been building throughout the year, with significant developments such as the consultation response in August, which established a co-supervisory arrangement between the Bank of England and the FCA for systemic stablecoins.

The groundwork for these regulatory efforts was laid earlier in 2023 with the passage of the Financial Services and Markets Bill. This legislation provided the foundation for regulators to begin developing a comprehensive framework for overseeing stablecoins and cryptocurrency financial activities within the UK.

As the government works diligently towards enacting these regulations, stakeholders in the crypto space will be closely monitoring developments, as they anticipate the impact on their operations and the broader landscape of cryptoasset adoption in the UK.

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