Labour must position UK as global crypto hub

4th July 2024
Harry Fowle

Should Labour secure victory as expected in the UK's election, Starmer will have a unique opportunity to reshape the UK’s financial landscape by positioning it as a global cryptocurrency hub, affirms the CEO of deVere Group.

The commentary from Nigel Green of deVere Group comes as the UK heads to the polls on Thursday, and there is a growing consensus that Sir Keir Starmer’s Labour is set to end the Conservatives’ 14-year reign.

The deVere CEO says: “To date, Starmer’s stance on crypto remains somewhat nebulous.

“That said, Labour’s Rachel Reeves, the current shadow chancellor, has shown openness to the tech sector, and Tulip Siddiq has boldly stated that Labour would transform the UK into a global centre for tokenised assets if victorious.”

The Labour Party has not yet taken definitive party-line positions on crypto-related technology like blockchain. However, their January finance platform document hinted at a progressive approach by mentioning “embracing securities tokenisation and a central bank digital currency” as part of their vision for the UK.

“The cornerstone of establishing the UK as a global crypto hub lies in creating a clear, comprehensive regulatory framework,” notes Nigel Green.

“A well-defined regulatory environment will provide clarity and security to businesses and investors. By working closely with industry leaders and stakeholders, a Labour government can ensure that regulations are balanced, fostering innovation while safeguarding the financial system.

“This approach would make the UK an attractive destination for crypto companies looking for a stable and supportive regulatory climate.”

In addition to regulation, creating an ecosystem that promotes innovation is crucial. The Labour Party’s vision of embracing securities tokenisation signals a forward-thinking approach.

“By investing in blockchain technology and supporting startups, the UK can lead in developing new applications and services in the crypto space,” explains the deVere CEO.

“Government-backed initiatives, such as funding for research and development, tax incentives for blockchain startups, and partnerships with academic institutions, can drive growth.

“In addition, establishing special economic zones with favourable regulations for crypto businesses could create hubs of innovation and attract global talent.”

To support this burgeoning industry, a Labour government must also focus on education and skills development.

By integrating blockchain and crypto-related courses into the national curriculum and offering specialised training programs, the UK can build a skilled workforce ready to take on roles in this dynamic sector.

Collaborations with tech companies to provide internships and apprenticeships can further bridge the gap between education and industry needs.

London has, of course, historically been a leading global financial centre.

“By embracing cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, Starmer can enhance this status. The City’s robust financial infrastructure, combined with progressive crypto regulations, can attract international businesses and investors.”

Nigel Green concludes: “For Starmer and Labour, the strategic imperative is clear. By positioning the UK as a global leader in cryptocurrency, they can drive economic growth, create jobs, and nurture innovation.

“The potential benefits extend beyond the crypto sector, enhancing the UK’s overall financial ecosystem and cementing its role as a forward-thinking, dynamic economy.”

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