How and where can you buy Britcoins?

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How and where can you buy Britcoins?

 How and where can you buy Britcoins?
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Highlights 

  • Britcoin is a popular term that was coined by Treasury chief Rishi Sunak once Central Bank Digital Currency talks were initiated in the UK.
  • An appeal for a CBCD has been made by BoE for financial stability in November.
  • A consultation for the digital currency will be launched next year, however, there are no plans to launch Britcoin before 2025.

Central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) are the flavour of this year with most countries mulling how to float their own digital currencies, using blockchain technology in a bid to counter the popularity of decentralized cryptocurrencies.

The United Kingdom is also in the race. Last week, an appeal for a central bank issued digital currency (CBDC) was made by the deputy governor for financial stability of the Bank of England (BoE), Jon Cunliffe. The CBDC has been proposed considering the rising popularity and acceptance of digital payments technology while the usage of cash for transactions is plummeting.

A consultation for the digital currency will be launched next year, however, Britcoin won’t be launched in the market before 2025, according to BoE. But what exactly is this digital currency that has created a buzz across the country and the world? Let’s find out.

All about Britcoin

The crypto market has been booming lately, and when we hear the word ‘Cryptocurrency’, the first word that comes to mind is Bitcoin. ‘Britcoin’ will also be a cryptocurrency, but with a slight difference from others like Bitcoin, Ethereum etc. Britcoin would be the UK’s official central digital currency which would be regulated by its central bank. Thus, Britcoin would work like a ‘stablecoin’, which is pegged to a national currency, but the CBCD would be different from a stablecoin as the latter is controlled by a private-sector entity.

 

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The need for this CBDC has emerged due to fear of a financial crisis because of unregulated cryptocurrencies in the market. Like many other countries, the UK government supports the regulation of the crypto market to enhance the confidence among consumers as well as the business fraternity to deal with crypto using direct accounts with the BoE. Sunak has asked the BoE to look into the launch of a potential CBDC in the near future. The recommendation of a joint taskforce by the Treasury and the BoE was made earlier this year to explore the option of CBCD.

As mentioned earlier, a consultation process for the launch of the digital currency will be initiated in 2022, which will clarify the need for the necessary technology and other requirements to establish the official digital currency. However, the BoE is not completely bullish on cryptocurrencies, and thus further discussion on the launch of Britcoin is in radar.

According to BoE, the consultation would focus on all the concerns relating to bringing the digital currency in the market. Talks would be held regarding the high-level design features of the digital currency, its advantages and effects on businesses as well as individual users, and also any further work needed to create a well-established central bank digital currency system. Britcoin may be officially launched in 2025 at the earliest if the crucial discussion reaches a consensus on creating a CBDC, which would be technologically viable and operationally.

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Bottomline

UK’s official digital currency, Britcoin, can potentially support the 1.2 million unbanked people in the country, who solely depend on cash for transactions and don’t have access to any digital payment methods. The UK is following countries like China in the race to create an official digital currency, as the digital yuan would be launched by 2022 winter Olympics.

Other examples include the sand dollar launched by Bahamas, and the digital eNaira launched by Nigeria. Regulated cryptocurrencies across the globe would act as an alternative to the traditional banking system. While the UK has still not reached a decision regarding the launch of Britcoin, the Treasury has clearly stated that Britcoin is the future in this era of digital payments. 

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