Reports have emerged that US officials, including Gary Gensler, the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), have been lobbying their UK and Canadian counterparts to tighten restrictions on the crypto industry.
Balaji Srinivasan, a former chief technology officer at the Coinbase crypto exchange, describes the action as an attempt to “block the exits before the digital devaluation of the dollar.”
They are trying to block the exits before the digital devaluation of the dollar. https://t.co/kjsuq6Zlr1— Balaji (@balajis) March 25, 2023
According to Eleanor Terrett, a Fox Business journalist, the US is persuading other countries to follow in their footsteps and clamp down on cryptocurrencies. Terrett noted that the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is reportedly preparing to announce tighter restrictions on the crypto industry in the coming weeks.
However, a crypto lawyer with the username crypto_caesar1 on Twitter contested the information from the Fox Business journalist. He said:
This is incorrect. The FCA has been fairly crypto-friendly. Plus, the UK is a leader in law and regulation and does not look to the US ever on that front. So your sources are likely incorrect.
Nonetheless, reports suggest that Canada’s crackdown on the crypto industry is already underway, with restrictions on the amount of crypto assets individuals can purchase from exchanges. According to a reply tweet to Terrett, Canadians can only buy more than $30k a year of specific cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, from exchanges.
Canada already has restrictions of only being able to buy more than $30k a year that's not Eth, BTC (and like 2 others) from exchanges.— Schiller 🐰 (@Schillerverse) March 24, 2023
Most banks won't let you transfer anything to crypto related transfers either.
The Twitter user added that most banks in Canada are refusing to process transfers related to cryptocurrencies, further limiting the ability of individuals to invest in the assets.