Regulate Exchanges Not Cryptocurrencies, Says CryptoUK to Treasury

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 03:33
Urvashi Verma
An influential UK group of cryptocurrency platforms asks Treasury Select Committee to regulate exchanges, not cryptocurrencies
Regulate Exchanges Not Cryptocurrencies, Says CryptoUK to Treasury
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A  group of influential UK cryptocurrency platforms encouraged the nation’s Treasury Select Committee to take a favorable stance on regulation, Tuesday.

CryptoUK,  a self-regulatory trade association for the UK cryptocurrency industry,  suggested to members of parliament that they should favor regulation that targets exchanges, trading platforms and brokers instead of digital currencies themselves.  

The inquiry announced in  February this year will explore how digital currencies are used in the UK and assess the risks digital currencies pose to businesses, consumers and the government.

The chair of the group and current managing director of eToro, Iqbal Gandham, told  UK-based news site CityAM about its recommendations.


Iqbal Gandham, managing director of eToro and chair of CryptoUK, says:

“Introducing a requirement for the FCA to regulate the ‘on-off’ ramps between crypto and fiat currencies is well within the remit of HM Treasury. Based on our analysis, this could be achieved relatively easily, without the need for primary legislation and would have a huge impact both in reducing consumer risk and improving industry standards.”

The group also underscored that governance of the cryptocurrency investment sector should be under the jurisdiction of UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) which could be responsible for implementing anti-money laundering rules, operational standards, and checks on the appropriateness of investors.

Iqbal Gandham added:

“This is a wonderful opportunity for government to take a proactive stance, putting action where there are positive words and reinforcing the UK’s role as the world’s financial capital.”

About the author

Urvashi Verma is a Chicago-based reporter who writes about the convergence of technology and business. She is interested in fintech, digital currencies, blockchain and currency markets. Urvashi formerly worked with the Times of Israel covering Israel's booming tech industry including Start-Up Nation, venture capital investment, and crowd-funding platforms.