August 17, 2018
by Tim Prater

Domain Watch: Why .eu domains will no longer be available to UK clients

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Its been widely expected for some time, but it has now been confirmed: as of the point of Brexit, unless there is a new agreement, UK companies and residents will no longer be able to register .eu domain names. Alternatively, if you already hold a .eu address at that time, you will not be able to renew them.

As it says at in the EURid press release:

“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. The communication states that, based on the United Kingdom’s intent to withdraw from the European Union, 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.

“This could happen as of 30 March 2019 in the case no withdrawal agreement is reached between the UK and EU, or as of 1 January 2021 in the case that an agreement is reached.

“The full communication highlights the fact that this information is subject to any transitional arrangement that may be contained in a possible withdrawal agreement, which is an ongoing negotiation between the United Kingdom and European Commission.

Read the full communication.

“We will continue to keep you informed as we continue to receive critical information over the coming months. We will also work on measures concerning the implementation of both aforementioned scenarios and update our stakeholders accordingly.”

Prater Raines are domain registrars for .uk domains as an accredited Nominet Channel Partner and can also register and hold international domain names for our clients.