In a meeting with UK domain registrars, EURid (the .EU domain registry manager) has confirmed the European Commission’s directive on how Britain’s withdrawal from the EU will affect UK Registrants the domain. The European Commission has ordered EURid to delete all domain names registered to UK registrants on March 30th, 2019 if a withdrawal agreement has not been reached by that date.
With almost 400,000 .EU domain names registered by UK entities, UK and European business could be faced with mass disruption to their online services. Many high-profile British businesses use a .EU address for their main website or additional services, such as email. These businesses will need time to plan their transition away from the .EU ccTLD to prevent disruption in their services.
Furthermore, EURid has stated that the domains could be revoked without notice, causing mass panic and confusion among UK domain registrars.
In a previous similar case, the discontinuation of the .GB extension, domain owners were given until the natural expiry of their websites to make necessary changes to their services.
Whether the European commission intends to follow through with its plans to delete all UK registered .EU domains, or whether it is now using the ccTLD as a bargaining chip in their3 Brexit negotiations remains to be seen, but there is plenty of cause for concern amongst UK based .EU website owners.
We suggest that our UK customers register their EU domains with a non-UK address. We are also exploring options to provide a proxy service to allow UK entities to register .EU domains.