Bitcoin shrugs off UK crackdown on major crypto exchange Binance – Reuters
LONDON, June 28 (Reuters) – Bitcoin on Monday shrugged off a move by Britain’s financial watchdog to target the major Binance exchange, in the latest sign of regulatory pressure on the emerging cryptocurrency sector.
Bitcoin fell 1.8% to $34,085. It has fallen about 18% in the last 13 days, its losses sparked by China tightening curbs on the cryptocurrency sector.
The FCA’s move came as regulators across the world bolster oversight of the crypto sector. Their concerns include its potential for use in money laundering and other illegal activities, as well as risks to consumers.
Binance, one of the world’s biggest crypto exchanges, last month withdrew an application to register with the FCA, which oversees anti-money laundering rules, a spokesperson at the watchdog said. He declined to say why.
A Binance spokesperson declined to comment on its interactions with the FCA. He said Binance works closely with regulators and law enforcement “to further the security and sustainability in the industry while providing the best services and protection to our users”.