If you are a UK company that holds a .EU website then you may be at risk of losing your domain. The issue arises from Brexit and if the UK exits the European Union this will directly affect businesses and individuals from setting up and renewing.EU domain names. In this post, we look at the facts and what you can do to put a plan in place to ensure you are adequately prepared for this change.

How does this affect you?

This news came after the European Commission, released a notice detailing how the .EU regulatory structure will change as the UK’s departure from Europe comes into effect. They have stated that if Brexit comes to fruition, then this will lead to the cancellation of all 300,000 domains under the .eu top-level domain that have a UK registrant.

If you are a company that uses a .EU domain then now is the time to think about what you need to next to ensure you are prepared for these upcoming changes.

So what can you do to keep your domain?

Although the .EU may not be as popular as the more common .com or .co.uk, it still has many valid uses. For example, it can have various benefits such as; increased online visibility, reaching a larger market or to protect yourself by ensuring someone else doesn’t register a .EU domain using your brand name.

However, there is no need to panic, if you wish to keep your domain live, then there are measures you can put in place from preventing this from happening. EURid, the registry that manages the .EU domains have issued some useful advice on how to do this.

In their recent release EURid declared that they will be sending out an email on the 30th March 2019 to notify all GB/GI registrants their domain names are not in compliance with the new .EU regulatory framework.

EURid will be giving you the opportunity to update your contact data by the 30th May 2019 and if this is no action is taken then those remaining domains will be revoked deactivating the domain and any connected email addresses.

During this two month grace period they advise for you to change your contact information (listed below) to ones inside Europe:

Phone
Email
Street
Postal code
Country code

Alternatively, you may wish to make changes to Name server and DNSSEC or transfer your current domain name to a non-GB/GI registrant.

However, if you miss this deadline, EURid have announced that they won’t make these domains available to any other party until 30 March 2020. In this time, UK registrants can contest to have their .EU domain reactivated if the eligibility criteria can be satisfied.

If by 30 March 2020, the UK registrants fail to show that they meet the criteria, then these domains will be revoked completely and will become available to potential registrants.

What to do next?

If you plan to keep your .eu domains post Brexit, we strongly advise updating your contact details with a European address and number as soon as possible.

However, if you don’t plan to keep your .EU domain after Brexit, there are still some measures you can take to manage this transition. If you haven’t already done so, it would be prudent to start redirecting traffic to an alternative domain as quickly as possible – this will introduce your new domain to users in advance, whilst reducing any risk to your SEO ranking and online marketing activities

Until we have more clarity on the UKs position with Brexit, we will have to wait to see if any further domain based issues occur. in the meantime, we’ll all have to sit tight together and wait to see what else Brexit has in store for us all.