Britain’s Financial Regulator Issues Consumer Warning to Binance

  • The FCA said Binance Markets Limited is not permitted to undertake any “regulated activities” in the U.K.
  • However, Binance will most likely be able to continue operating in the country as it’s registered outside of the U.K.
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According to a notice published on June 26, Binance Markets Limited, a subsidiary of Binance Group, is not permitted to undertake any regulated activities in the U.K. without the prior written consent of the FCA. No entity in the wider Binance Group holds any form of U.K. authorization, registration, or license, the regulator said in the notice. 

By 30 June, Binance must add a notice on a prominent place on its website and mobile apps showing U.K. customers that it’s not permitted to undertake any regulated activities in the country. 

However, the ban will have very little effect on Binance’s business in the country. A spokesperson for the FCA told CNBC that the scope of the ban was limited as companies that aren’t registered in the U.K. can still interact with U.K. customers. Furthermore, the FCA only regulates cryptocurrency derivatives such as futures and options, and not cryptocurrencies themselves. 

Providing access to cryptocurrencies is not a regulated activity, which means customers will still be able to purchase and trade cryptocurrencies in the U.K through Binance, which is registered in the Cayman Islands.

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