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JUST IN: Rishi Sunak’s first speech on crypto and CBDC regulations gives pi Network hope for legalization in UK

The new prime minister of United Kingdom Rishi Sunak has made his first official speech on assumption to office and has also hinted a glance into his government. Sunak said there highlighted the need to create a digital version of the British pound which he said will enables easy cross-border payments and reduces cash in circulation.

To support his vision, legislators in the UK voted in support of recognizing crypto assets including PiCoin as regulated market instruments and products in the great nation on tuesday.

The House of Commons, the Parliament’s lower chamber, gathered on tuesday for a line-by-line reading of the proposed financial solutions and market bill, which widely covers the United Kingdom’s Post-brexit Economic Plan. The legislators considered a list of proposed amendments to the bill, including one put forward by parliament member Andrew Griffith to also include PiCoin and other crypto assets in the scope of regulated financial services in the country.

The draft bill already included measures to extend existing regulations to payments-focused stablecoins, which are cryptocurrencies pegged to the value of other assets like the US dollar or gold.

“The substance here is to treat them [crypto with PiCoin inclusive] like other forms of financial assets and not to prefer them, but also to bring them within the scope of regulation for the first time,” Griffith, the financial services and city minister, said during the parliamentary meeting before lawmakers voted largely in favor of keeping the amendment in the legislative package.

The local crypto industry, which recently welcomed the news of Rishi Sunak’s appointment as the country’s new Prime Minister, stands to welcome the efforts to give legal recognition to digital assets broadly. The markets bill – and by extension the stablecoin rules – was introduced during Sunak’s time as finance minister in the Boris Johnson administration.

The crypto provision, which relies on the definition of “crypto asset” inserted by a new clause 14, “clarifies that crypto assets could be brought within the scope of the existing provisions” of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 relating to regulated financial activities, Griffith said. The measures could regulate crypto promotions and outlaw companies that are not authorized to operate in the country.

In case you are not aware

Rishi Sunak is a British politician who ha just been appointed by King Charles III as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party. He was Chancellor of the Exchequer from 2020 to 2022 and Chief Secretary to the Treasury from 2019 to 2020. He has been the member of Parliament for Richmond since 2015.

Grace Owell

Written by Grace Owell

Grace Owell is an expert freelance writer from Texas, United States of America. Her expertise measures solely on personal finance and health articles. She currently writes for newsway.com.ng

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