UK owned .EU domain cancellation dates

In April this year, it was announced that owners of EU domains who are based in the UK will lose them after Brexit.

Does it seem a bit petty?

While there’s no restriction on businesses based in the EU purchasing a address upon which to run their UK business, the EU are being snotty and decided that if you’re not in the EU then you can’t have an EU domain. This does seem an over-reaction, how many companies own a .fr or .de domain for the localised country sites? It’s normal for businesses trading in a territory to have a localised website on a domain familiar to residents in that area.

This is the EU though and they love a bit of red tape and regulation so if they decide that anyone not based in the EU will no longer allowed a .EU domain there’s not a lot to be done, so here’s what you need to know:

.EU Domain cancellation dates

EURid, the .eu registry manager has been given two possible dates upon which cancellation of UK owned .EU domains will be cancelled.

No Deal scenario

If the UK exits the EU with no withdrawal agreement then .EU domains will be cancelled on the 30th of March 2019.

Brexit Deal scenario

If the UK exits the EU with a withdrawal agreement then .EU domains will be cancelled on the 1st of January 2021.

Transition Deal scenario

It is possible that the above dates could be varied by a transition deal, however it’s likely just a delay rather than ongoing permission to keep a .EU domain indefinitely.

How to keep a .EU domain after Brexit

If you have an address in any of the EU countries, you can use it as your domain’s administration contact and will be able to keep your .EU domain. In this instance, it is recommended that you update your domain registration details as soon as possible.

If you don’t have an EU postal address then you will lose your domain. In this instance you will need to purchase a replacement domain and the sooner you act the better. You’ll want to redirect your .EU domain to your new domain, update all of your literature and email signatures and inform clients of your new website. The quicker you do this the more time search engines will have to reindex your site on it’s new domain and update their search engine results.

Sadly of course, you’ll lose any SEO benefits you previously had from backlinks to your .EU domain.

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In a twist that they probably welcome, this would mean that Leave.Eu will lose their domain name.

paddy • 22nd August 2018 •

My eu address can be used as a domain administration contact for a small fee to anyone. Get in touch with me via email on my site.

Nick • 23rd August 2018 •

Good to know. Running an SEO report and finding your most useful links would be a good idea. Then you can contact these sites and suggest an update to avoid a dead link on their site.

Ramo Dynamics • 23rd August 2018 •

Sorry I am a little confused. We have domains ending .fr and .de Will these domains be affected or only the .eu domains? I noticed when I went to purchase a new .fr domain recently I was told I needed a loca office in France to do this already. If anyone could clarify that would be appreciated? Thanks

Anthony • 23rd August 2018 •

What is the UK government doing to stop EU residents from using domains in retaliation ?

bryan gostling • 23rd August 2018 •

Just one small act of revenge from the EU dictatorship, there will be many more to come.

Darren Stuart • 23rd August 2018 •

It's always been the way that you need to have a postal address in a member state to register an EU web address. If we leave, then our addresses will no longer qualify. Hardly revenge or indeed surprising. Just one of the many things that, if people had bothered to think about before voting, they would have understood that they'd lose if we left.

Dave • 23rd August 2018 •

bravo dave. was going to say something similar, but couldn't be bothered interrupting everyone's blind prejudices. There are other rules for other domains. if you want a .org you need to be some kind of non-profit or charity, if you lose your charitable status, you lose your right to have a .org domain, for example. there are rules for - if these don't include needing to have a UK address, then there's no point spewing bile about tit-for-tat measures, because that would actually just be petty vindictiveness. rules is rules. following the rules that already exist isn't some kind of petty revenge. changing the rules just to annoy other people is.

james • 23rd August 2018 •

More petty antagonistic behaviour that serves no purpose other than to drive more people over the edge and away from sensible thinking.

Mark Pigou • 23rd August 2018 •

Very funny, fake news Out of thousands TLDs only few requires physical presence, and .EU is not one of them You can own .EU and even if you live in Russia

paganini • 24th August 2018 •

No, the cold hard reality of fact. You can of course live where you like, but as per the article, you have to have a postal address in an EU country. 'GENERAL ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA In this first step the Registrant must verify whether it meets the General Eligibility Criteria, whereby it must be: (i) an undertaking having its registered office, central administration or principal place of business within the European Union, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, or (ii) an organisation established within the European Union, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein without prejudice to the application of national law, or (iii) a natural person resident within the European Union, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein. The eligible countries and territories are listed in Annex 1 hereto.'

Dave • 24th August 2018 •

I'm not a lawyer, but wouldn't section (ii) cover already-established in the EU businesses? they're not being un-established an re-established outside of the EU after Brexit. obviously new companies registering in the UK post-Brexit wouldn't qualify, but it seems pretty clear that if you were established when we were in, then you can have a .eu domain. - unless there's another chapter where it says they'll remove your status if you move abroad later in life.

james • 24th August 2018 •

I manage tons of domains for various people including living outside of EU, these regulations do not apply in usual life there is no way for registrars to reinforce such eligibility checking TLDs these days are universal no one cares about countries of origin e.g .io is assigned to the British Indian Ocean Territory but who cares?

paganini • 24th August 2018 •

"there is no way for registrars to reinforce such eligibility checking" Absolutely, posting a letter (which requires a response) is beyond the means of the European Union, however would they find a stamp and envelope? I assume you've provided your own postal address in the EU for those living outside, in order to attain these .eu domains? so if something illegal happens on those sites, and they can't track the original owner, it'll be your door the swat team comes through. like i said before, many domains don't have such requirements, .FM belongs to micronesia, but they're more than happy for radio stations around the world to use it, they don't care if you live in micronesia at all. .EU does have requirements, one of them being an EU address.

james • 24th August 2018 •

and again they never enforced this for anyone (you can get .eu domain even if you live in Russia), and its not practical to enforce it just for the UK after brexit.

paganini • 24th August 2018 •