How Brexit will affect .EU Domains

Brexit and EU Domains

Page last updated: 3rd June 2020

The United Kingdom left the European Union on 1st February 2020 and is now in a transition period that will end on 31st December 2020. At the end of the transition period it will no longer be possible to register a .EU domain name to an address in the UK. Likewise, it will no longer be possible to renew existing registrations where the domain is registered to a UK address.

Following Brexit, individuals and businesses in the UK will no longer be able to own a .EU domain name unless it is registered to a postal address within the EU.

During the transition period, undertakings and organisations established in the United Kingdom and United Kingdom residents and citizens will continue to be able to hold and register a .eu domain name. The plan outlined below will apply as from the end of the transition period (1).


Revocation of Existing Rights

After the end of the transition period: United Kingdom undertakings or organisations established in the United Kingdom but not in the Union, United Kingdom citizens who are not resident of a Union Member State, and United Kingdom residents who are not Union citizens (hereinafter ‘UK registrants’) will no longer be eligible to hold a .eu domain name.

The transition period will end on 31 December 2020. After this date EURid will enforce the following measures:

1. New registrations

As from 1st January 2021, 00:00:00 CET, EURid will NOT allow the registration of any new domain name by UK registrants. From that date, EURid will allow neither the transfer, nor the transfer through update, of any domain name to a UK registrant.

2. Existing registrations

On 1st October 2020, EURid will notify by email all UK registrants and their registrars that they will lose their eligibility as of 1st January 2021 unless they demonstrate their compliance with the .eu regulatory framework by updating their registration data before 31st December 2020. They could do so by indicating a legally established entity in one of the eligible Union Member States, or updating their residence to a Union Member State, or proving their citizenship of a Union Member State irrespective of their residence.

On 21st December 2020, EURid will notify by email all UK registrants who did not demonstrate continued compliance with the eligibility criteria and their registrars about the risk of forthcoming non-compliance with the .eu regulatory framework.

On 1st January 2021, as of 00:00:00 CET, EURid will again notify by email all UK registrants and their registrars that their domain name(s) is(are) no longer compliant with the .eu regulatory framework and is(are) consequently withdrawn.

As of 1st January 2021, 00:00:00 CET, the domain name(s) of any UK registrant who did not demonstrate his/her/its eligibility will be WITHDRAWN. A withdrawn domain name no longer functions, as the domain name is removed from the zone file and can no longer support any active services (such as websites or email).

Twelve months after the end of the transition period, i.e. on 1st January 2022 00:00:00 CET, all the affected domain names will be REVOKED, and will become AVAILABLE for general registration. Their release will occur in batches from the time they become available.

PLEASE NOTE:

Union citizens who are residing in the United Kingdom will remain eligible to hold a .eu domain name after the end of the transition period. They will have to update their registration data and prove their Union citizenship.

United Kingdom citizens residing in a Union Member State will remain eligible to hold a .eu domain name after the end of the transition period. United Kingdom citizens residing outside of the Union Member States, on the other hand, will no longer be eligible to hold a .eu domain name after the end of the transition period.

(1) Should the transition period be extended for up to 1 or 2 years in accordance with Article 132 of the Withdrawal Agreement, the specific dates of present plan should be adapted accordingly.


What can I do with my .EU domain?

For businesses:

  • If possible, update the domain to be registered to a subsidiary in the EU (if the domain is vital to your business).
  • Start moving email and web traffic on to replacement domains now so that in the event of a no-deal brexit, web and email hosting services are not affected.

For individuals:

  • As above, start moving email and web traffic on to an alternative domain name as soon as possible.

If you need any help or advice in moving your Freeola & GetDotted services to a new domain, our Support Team will be able to help.

You can also register alternative domains.

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