The impact of Brexit on .eu domains

Mar 21, 2019  - written by  in Domain names

On this page, we keep you informed of the progress of the decisions communicated by EURid, the .EU registry, in connection with Brexit.

Following their publication of September 9th, here is the information in our possession.

Brexit” (for “British Exit”) refers to the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union (EU). In June 2016, the United Kingdom notified by referendum its intention to withdraw from the European Union. The European Council of  April 10, 2019 changed the date of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union from March 29, 2019. The British Parliament now has until October 31 at the latest to ratify the withdrawal agreement. 
This decision has consequences for the registration of .EU domain names that are reserved for individuals in the EU (European Union) or the EEA (European Economic Area).
If the draft withdrawal agreement is not ratified and, consequently, if the United Kingdom leaves the EU without an agreement by November 1st, 2019, persons located in the United Kingdom (and Gibraltar) will no longer be eligible for registration as an EU citizen except natural persons who are EU citizens. Citizenship will be added as an additional eligibility criterion as of October 19, 2019.
For the current domains:
On October 24 and November 1st, 2019, a notification will be sent by EURid to holders of .EU domain names who will no longer be eligible as they stand. The latter must comply before January 1, 2020. To do so: 
  •         change the address for an eligible country (EU/EEA), or
  •         make a change of ownership to a registrant who is eligible, or
  •         for individuals, to provide citizenship in the EU -> possible from October, 19. 
During this period, renewal will be prohibited, domains will be suspended until expiry. 
As of January 1, 2020, all non-compliant domains will be suspended.
As of November 1, 2020, all suspended non-compliant domains will be revoked and made available for new registration on a first-come, first-served basis.
Information on the EURID website.