Please note this is our interpretation of how the EU may deal with this, it is not current legislation and the EU may adopt a different approach.
Our advice is to play safe and register your .eu domain in an EU Member state in compliance with EU rules of registration, or better still ditch the .eu and get a .com or .uk Domain, there are still millions available, why not look for one that may suit you.
Brexit happened on 31st of Jan 2020 UK registrants of .eu Domains will be able to keep their .eu domain during the transition period which ends 31st Dec' 2020
Our interpretation of how REGULATION (EU) 2019/517 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL, will be modified to deal with GB/ GI holders of .eu Domains at the end of the transition period.
The following persons are eligible to register .eu domain names:
(i) a EU citizen, independently of their place of residence;
(ii) a natural person who is not a EU citizen and who is a resident of a Member State;
(iii) an undertaking that is established in the EU; or
(iv) an organisation that is established in the EU, without prejudice to the application of national law.
Should the UK leave the EU with no deal on 31st December 2020, EURid will enforce the following measures as far as .eu domain names that have GB/GI as the registrant’s residence country code are concerned:
1. New registrations
From 31st Dec' 2020, EURid will NOT allow the registration of any new domain name where the registrant’s residence or establishment country code is either GB or GI, unless the citizenship country code of the registrant corresponds to an EU27 Member State.
2. .eu domain names that have GB or GI as the registrant’s residence country code, at the time of UK withdrawal
Approxamatley 1 week before the end of the transition period, and following explicit confirmation by the Commission, EURid will notify by email both GB and GI registrants and their registrars about their forthcoming non-compliance with the .eu regulatory framework.
On 31st December 2020 EURid will again notify by email both GB and GI registrants and their registrars that their domain name(s) is no longer compliant with the .eu regulatory framework.
Registrants will be given the possibility to demonstrate their compliance with the .eu regulatory framework by updating their contact data before 1 Feb' 2021. They could do so by indicating a legally established entity in one of the eligible EU27 or EEA Member States, or updating their residence to an EU27 or EEA Member State, or providing a citizenship country code corresponding to an EU27 Member State irrespective of their residence. During this two-month period, the domain names in question will remain active and can continue to be used by the registrant.
During this two-month period, the following actions are possible for domain names that have GB or GI as the registrant’s residence or establishment country code:
- Contact data changes including updates to existing contact details pertaining to: phone; email; street; postal code; residence or establishment country code (to one of the eligible EU27 or EEA Member State);
- Updating a contact or linking a new contact;
- Providing citizenship country code corresponding to an EU27 Member State
- Name server and DNSSEC changes;
- Transfer the domain name to a non GB/GI registrant.
During this two-month period, the following actions are NOT possible for domain names that have GB or GI as the registrant’s residence or establishment country code:
- Transfer the domain name to another GB or GI registrant, unless they have a citizenship country code of an EU27 Member State;
- Term extension;
- Automatic renewal: any domain name that has GB or GI as registrant’s residence country code, does not have a citizenship country code corresponding to an EU27 Member State and expires in the period between 1 November 2019, 00:00:00 CET, and 1 January 2020, 00:00:00 CET, will not be automatically renewed. It will be moved to the withdrawn status at the moment it expires.
As of 1 Feb' 2021 all registrants who did not prove their eligibility will be deemed ineligible and their domain names will be WITHDRAWN. A WITHDRAWN domain name no longer functions, as the domain name is removed from the zone file and can no longer support any active services (such as websites or email).
Twelve months after the UK withdrawal, i.e. on 31st December 2021 all the affected domain names will be REVOKED, and will become AVAILABLE for general registration. Their release will occur in batches from the time they become available.
3. .eu domain names that have GB or GI as the registrant country code within WHOIS and are in the ON-HOLD status at the time of UK withdrawal.
With respect to domain names that are ON HOLD, meaning for which there is a legal court case pending, these domain names will remain registered until there is an outcome of the court case. However, they will be SUSPENDED and will cease to function as of 1 Febuary 2021, . If a court ruling establishes a transfer to an eligible party, EURid will implement that decision in the usual way. If, however, the outcome of the court case is that the domain name should stay with the GB or GI registrant and the registrant is unable to demonstrate eligibility (change of residence to one of the eligible EU27 or EEA Member State or EU27 citizenship), EURid will WITHDRAW that domain name as soon as practicable after having liaised with the court and having received the final decision from the court.
4. .eu domain names that have GB or GI as the registrant’s residence country code and are in the SUSPENDED status at the time of UK withdrawal.
Should a .eu domain name with GB/GI as the country code of the registrant be already in the SUSPENDED status, EURid will evaluate the reasons behind it on a case-by-case basis and eventually, move forward with its withdrawal.
5. .eu domain names that have GB or GI as the registrant country code within WHOIS and are in the QUARANTINE status at the time of UK withdrawal.
No transfer to GB/GI registrants from quarantine will be possible during the two-month period between 31st December and 1 Feb 2021, , unless they have a citizen country code of an EU27 Member State. Transfer to a non-GB/GI registrant will remain possible.
- There may be situations of EU citizens, who at present are residing in the UK and have registered a .eu domain name. These citizens will remain eligible as the new eligibility criterion for the .eu top-level domain enters into force. They will have to update the registration data by liaising with their registrar and communicating their citizenship before 1 Feb' 2021, or earlier if their domain name expires before this date.
- In the event that some UK nationals that do not reside in the EU27 have registered a domain name providing a non-EU residence country code and a UK citizenship country code, they will be provided with the same opportunity as UK residents to demonstrate their compliance with the .eu regulatory framework by updating their contact data before 1 Feb'2021
- UK citizens that are resident in the EU27 will remain eligible on the basis of the residence country code that they have provided. UK citizens living outside of the EU, will no longer be eligible.
This interpretation is based on Information supplied by:-
EUrid: EURid is the registry manager of the .eu, .ею (Cyrillic script as of June 2016) and .ευ (Greek script as of November 2019) country code top-level domains upon appointment of the European Commission in 2003.
The Official Journal of the European Union
The UK Government information service