In an official statement on 28th March, the European Commission has been revealed that all UK residents who have registered a domain with the popular .eu TLD will no longer be eligible to renew their domain or register a new one, following Britains departure from the European Union.
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.
Ironically, this could see the end of a major pro-Brexit campaign group’s website, Leave.eu.
EURid, the registry in charge of the .eu TLD, released a statement explaining that it was not consulted over the plans, or even informed what they were before the news was made public.
“Yesterday afternoon, EURid, the registry manager of the .eu TLD, received the link to the European Commission’s communication concerning Brexit and the .eu TLD.”
Furthermore, the cancellation of over 300,000 .eu domains, around 10% of the registry’s total, could result in a massive drop in revenue for the company, and the release of many rare domains, such as joe.eu and flights.eu.
To make matters even worse, the European Commission suggested that existing .eu domains may be canceled on the date of Brexit, which is expected to be under a year from now. There is no mention of any appeal process.
There is still hope though – negotiations between the UK and EU have not yet been finalized, meaning that there is still a chance that an arrangement could be made in the withdrawal agreement to allow the UK to keep their domains.
As of 1st April 2018, Gnu Host will no longer support the registration of .eu domains.
You can read more about this topic at the European Commission