Brexit could outlaw .EU domain names in the UK


There has been a lot of buzz lately about Brexit, and more recently, the possibility of a “no deal” Brexit. No matter how you slice it, a lot of going to change for people in the UK, and one of them that most people probably aren’t thinking about right now is their domain portfolios.

It turns out that the .EU registry is pretty strict about who can register and renew their domains, and they’ve already issued a warning:

As of the withdrawal date, undertakings and organisations that are established in the United Kingdom but not in the EU and natural persons who reside in the United Kingdom will no longer be eligible to register .eu domain names or, if they are .eu registrants, to renew .eu domain names registered before the withdrawal date.

Accredited .eu Registrars will not be entitled to process any request for the registration of or for renewing registrations of .eu domain names by those undertakings, organisations and persons.(Source – European Commission)

What this means is that unless someone decides to specifically carve out something in the Brexit deal that would allow UK citizens to hang onto their .EU domains. But let’s be honest, nobody is prioritizing domain names when it comes to squeezing things into the deal this late in the game.

Of course, there are loopholes (I’d imagine, but certainly don’t know for sure) and for people in the UK with a large portfolio, having a business registered in a country in the EU might do the trick. Either way, there are going to be some pretty disappointed people in the UK, and a LOT of .EU domains dropping in 2020.

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  • Snoopy January 8, 2019, 9:48 pm

    In my view it wouldn’t make sense to allow people to keep .eu’s if they are no longer part of the EU. Shows how tricky some of these country codes are. Only a matter of time before something else happens with these, particularly the repurposed ones like .io, .ai, .co, .tv.

  • Boluji Olatunji January 9, 2019, 12:16 am

    I beleive those that have companies in EU could still maintain their .eu domains. Or if I may ask; must everybody who is a citizen of UK leave the EU teritory because of brexit?

  • Jose January 9, 2019, 6:37 am

    Brexit is not a word of the English of the UK.
    It is a word that will lead to a monetary inflation ja greatest in its history as a country, the Central Bank of the United Kingdom has predicted to go down more than 20 years.

    Very interesting for the domainer of the whole world for a simple reason, prices of purchase very good figures to the change in USD when the currency arrives at a very low exchange value.

    We must keep in mind that this can have another repercussion on a large scale at the whim of the citizens of England in their majority, for not wanting to be European.

    A big mistake and whim that will lead the rest of the world to pay the citizens of the United Kingdom their ruin, as always UK has to be saved by their allies, as in World War II to save London from the V2 and the scorn before the military forces and politics of the Germany of an idiology that returns, in the current world.

    That lack of foresight England and the United Kingdom caused 60 million or more deaths worldwide.
    In this link you can see that the United Kingdom or England was one of the least casualties and their allies a very high percentage.

    Happy Day. Jose.


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