Guide

EU domain names after Brexit

Due to ongoing uncertainties over the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union, EURid has placed on hold any plan regarding .eu domain names registered to individuals and undertakings located in the United Kingdom.

EURid, a registry for .eu internet domains, has previously intended to revoke .eu domain names belonging to UK registrants after the UK leaves European Union. The revocation was meant to happen whether the UK exits with or without a deal.

.eu domains in a 'no-deal' scenario

In a 'no-deal' exit scenario, the EURid's plan gives UK-registered owners of .eu websites two months from the point of exit to:

  • transfer ownership of their domain to a different person or entity based in the EU
  • update the contact data associated with their domain name

The domains would remain active during the two-month period but certain actions (such as automatic renewal) would not be possible.

After the two month period runs out, registrants who fail to meet the criteria to hold a .eu domain would have their domain name withdrawn.

A withdrawn domain would no longer function but would remain in the .eu registry database. You would be able to reactivate it if you meet the registration criteria.

Download EURid's .eu domain names registration policy (PDF, 279K).

12 months after the UK withdrawal, as per EURid's plan, all remaining affected domains would be revoked and released back on the market for general registration.

.eu registrations if there is a Brexit deal

If the UK secures a deal before leaving the EU, new registrations of .eu domains would not be possible following the end of the transition period and the same two-month cancellation period would kick in at this point. This timeline is subject to any transitional arrangement set out in a possible withdrawal agreement.

What to do if you own a .eu domain name?

The implications of losing your business' domain name could be far-reaching. If you currently own a .eu website, you should urgently check whether you will remain entitled to it post-Brexit.

If not, you should consider one of two options:

  • transfer ownership of your domain to a person or entity based in the EU
  • transfer your website to a different top-level domain, such as .co.uk, .com, etc

The UK government has recently issued guidance on .eu domain registrations in the event of a 'no deal' exit.

As uncertainty around the UK's exit continues, we would strongly advise that you also regularly check EURid's latest Brexit notice.