No deal Brexit clarification for .EU domain name registrants

Updated 25.03. All eyes on UK's parliament as we wait to see happens between now and March 29th, when the UK is set to leave the EU. Not much is clear at the moment, except one thing: a no deal Brexit will lead to cancellation of all .EU domain names registered to UK-based registrants, even those who are European citizens.

by Daniel - 01.02.2019

.EU domain names in the event of no deal Brexit

In late January, .EU registry EURid published a revision to its Brexit notice which provides clearer guidelines for how .EU domain names will be handled in the event of a no deal Brexit.

Here’s a summary of the major points.

Transfer your .EU domain or face cancellation

  • On March 23rd, EURid will begin emailing registrants who do not meet .EU domain registration eligibility (along with their registrars).
  • UK-based registrants will be told they have two months from March 30th to either demonstrate registration compliance or transfer their .EU domain name to an entity or individual in the EU.
  • Registrants who are transferring their domain are expected to use the two month window to update their contact details and make any needed name server and DNSSEC changes.
  • During this time, the .EU domain will remain active.

What if you don’t transfer your domain before May 30th?

  • Failure to transfer your domain in time will lead to cancellation of the domain.
  • Cancellation of your .EU domain means it will become inoperable. It will be removed from the zone file and no longer support any active services (website, email).
  • It will stay in "WITHDRAWN" status for one year and can be reactivated if eligibility criteria are satisfied.

Who, exactly, does this policy apply to?

  • Businesses who do not have their registered office, central administration, or principal place of business within the EU.
  • Organisations which are not established within the EU.
  • Natural persons who are not residents within the EU.

But what if you are a European citizen with a UK address?

  • No exceptions. EURid’s revised policy makes it clear that all all rules apply regardless of your citizenship, European or British.
  • If you are a European citizen with a .EU domain registered in the UK, you will have two months to transfer your domain or it will be cancelled.

What happens to a .EU domain once cancelled?

  • For 12 months, a record will be held in the .EU database so that the domain can be reactivated if eligibility criteria is met.
  • If registration criteria is not met within a year, revoked domains will be released for general registration.
  • Registrants will not be compensated for cancelled .EU domains.

.EU domain names in the event of a Brexit deal

EURid's Brexit notice also mentions what will happen if the UK leaves the EU with a deal and transition period.

In essence:

  • .EU domain names will continue to function until March 2, 2021.
  • Revoked domains will be released for registration starting January 1, 2022.
  • UK and European citizens will still be able to register new .EU domains during the transition period.

Questions about your .EU domain?

We are here to answer your questions and provide help. We understand that deal or no deal, Brexit may be creating confusion or complications for our .EU domain name customers. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us to discuss your eligibility status, explore options, or for further clarification. Contact our Sales department at +352 263 725 250 or sales@eurodns.com.

And watch this space. We'll continue to share new information as it comes in.


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