Trading in rough diamonds after Brexit

26 Nov 2019

The UK trade in rough diamonds is regulated by the Kimberley Process (KP) Certification Scheme. The EU is a participant of the KP and currently acts on behalf of the UK.

The UK Government has secured Independent Participant status in the Kimberley Process to take effect from the point at which the UK is no longer represented by the EU.

If the UK leaves the EU with a deal

We have agreed with the EU that they will treat the UK as a Member State for the purpose of the KP until the end of the implementation period. This means you will be able to trade in rough diamonds in exactly the same way as you do now.

After the implementation period ends, the UK will remain in the KP as an independent participant.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal

If there is no deal, our independent participation in the scheme will begin after we formally exit the EU. The new UK KP certificate will replace the current EU one.

Kimberley Process Certification after Brexit

When the UK becomes an independent participant in the KP, all rough diamond exports from the UK to the EU will require UK KP certification. Rough diamond exports from the EU to the UK will also need an EU issued KP certificate.