Sunak asked the Royal Mint to develop NFTs to represent the country’s ‘forward-looking approach’ (Picture: Reuters)
In the past, Sunak has gone on record to say that he wants Britain to be a ‘global hub’ for crypto.
During his term as the finance minister, Sunak even asked the Royal Mint to develop NFTs to represent the country’s ‘forward-looking approach’. However, no further details have been provided on the elusive project.
On Tuesday, British lawmakers voted to include crypto assets in the scope of regulated financial services in the country.
The bill being discussed was the Financial Services and Markets Bill ushered in by Sunak, which, if passed into law, could give local regulators broad power over the crypto industry.
While Sunak has been one of the few politicians to address crypto, his stance on it has mostly been around its regulation and taxation.
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As cash payments were on the decline as a result of the Covid pandemic, the government was exploring the possibility of creating a new digital currency touted by Sunak as ‘Britcoin.’
Last year, the Bank of England and the Treasury announced they would work together to assess the benefits of a central bank digital currency (CBDC).
The bank said the new currency, if it comes to pass, would be a new form of digital money for use by households and businesses and would exist alongside cash and bank deposits, rather than replacing them.
However, critics argue that they pose major privacy issues, given the trackable nature of crypto and digital currencies.
‘There has been a clear lack of regulatory clarity in the U.K. regarding digital assets, which has led many firms to seek licenses elsewhere, including crypto market maker B2C2, Blockchain.com and wallet firm Wirex,’ said Marcus Sotiriou, analyst at GlobalBlock.
‘Rishi Sunak could help to provide more clarity for crypto regulation in the U.K if he follows through with his aims from earlier this year,’ said Sotiriou.
We might have a ‘crypto bro’ in Downing Street.