The company said the pause is due to the UK’s financial regulator’s upcoming stricter rules for crypto advertising, which will come into effect September 1.
Payments giant PayPal will temporarily pause crypto purchases in the United Kingdom until early 2024, the company said Wednesday, citing stricter rules by the country’s financial regulator.
The company said customers who have previously purchased crypto assets through their PayPal account can keep them on the platform or sell them at any time. However, starting October 1, the ability to make new purchases will be disabled.
“We’re taking this measure in response to new rules enacted by the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) that require crypto firms to implement additional steps before customers can purchase crypto,” PayPal said in a statement.
Britain’s financial regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), is expected to introduce stricter rules for crypto, which will be classified as “restricted mass market investments” under the new rules, on September 1.
“We remain deeply committed to our compliance obligations and PayPal consistently works closely with regulators around the world to adhere to applicable rules and regulations in the markets in which we operate,” PayPal said.
PayPal has accelerated its footprint in crypto in recent weeks, specifically in the United States. The most significant development for the company is its recent launch of a stablecoin, PayPal USD (PYUSD), which the payments giant announced earlier this month.