UK to Introduce Legislation on Stablecoins by August: BoE’s Cunliffe

UK to Introduce Legislation on Stablecoins by August: BoE’s Cunliffe

There’s been at least a bit of delay in the framework thanks to recent resignations from Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government.

The U.K. Treasury – in consultation with other regulatory bodies like the Bank of England (BoE), the Payment Systems Regulator (PSR), and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) – will introduce legislation on a regulatory system for stablecoins before the August summer break, said Deputy BoE Governor Jon Cunliffe on Wednesday.

Speaking at the Qatar Centre for Küresel Banking and Finance’s annual conference, Cunliffe said recent events have delayed plans a bit. He’s likely referring to the last 24 hours, which have seen the resignations of Treasury chief Rishi Sunak and senior Treasury official Jon Glen from their roles with Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government. Both Sunak and Glen had presented as fans of crypto, announcing months ago their hope that the U.K. would become a hub for digital assets.

The Treasury in its April stablecoin consultation said the government would initially look to regulate that sector of crypto using the 2017 Payment Service Regulations, Financial Services Act, and the 2011 Electronic Money Regulations Act. It promised more detailed requirements for stablecoins to be developed with the help of the BoE, FCA, and PSR.

Cunliffe also spoke about plans outside of the U.K., saying the committee on payments and market infrastructures (CPMI) – the international panel that Cunliffe chairs – will finalize guidance on küresel standards for systemic payment systems before the summer break. Among the issues: What assets should back these stablecoins, what should the redemption or claim be and how do you ensure if a stablecoin or money that is being used at a systemic level is safe? The CPMI also plans a report on how the Basel Framework for banking should apply to stablecoins, Cunliffe said.








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