The unexpected effect of Brexit on .eu domain names

Brexit has finally been announced. The UK is no longer part of Europe, and this has had a surprising impact on some sites using a .eu domain name.

As Zdnet tells us , 81,000 domain names have been suspended since the United Kingdom left the European Union. Their owners must now show a white paw to continue using them and they only have three months to do so.

The Unexpected Effect Of Brexit On Eu Domain Names
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The decision was taken by EURid, the European Registry of Internet Domain Names.

UK citizens no longer have the right to use .eu domain names

The association, which is responsible for the European registry, has in fact suspended all .eu domain names belonging … to British citizens. Brexit obliges, they are effectively no longer considered as European citizens and they therefore lose the use of domain names exploiting the extension of the EU.

Nothing is lost for them, however. EURid has effectively implemented a procedure before allowing them to transfer their domain names to a subsidiary. Be careful, however, because the deadlines are tight. If they wish to retain access to their domain name, they will have to initiate this transfer within three months.

If they don't, then their domain name will be totally blocked from April 1, 2021, only to be revoked at the beginning of next year. And once that is done, they will find themselves again available for purchase, without their previous owner being able to do anything about it.

81,000 domain names affected

However, it should be noted that this decision will not only have an impact on the sites. All associated messaging will also be suspended and then revoked.

According to EURid, 81,000 domain names would be affected by this decision, domain names belonging to only 50,000 users. However, Zdnet notes that most of the owners of these domain names have abandoned them to migrate their site to a new, freely usable domain.

Concretely, this also means that most of these domain names are likely to end up on sale in January 2022… probably to the delight of SEO experts.

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Brexit has finally been announced. The UK is no longer part of Europe, and this has had a surprising impact on some sites using a .eu domain name.

As Zdnet tells us , 81,000 domain names have been suspended since the United Kingdom left the European Union. Their owners must now show a white paw to continue using them and they only have three months to do so.

The Unexpected Effect Of Brexit On Eu Domain Names
Photo by Kaitlyn Baker – Unsplash

The decision was taken by EURid, the European Registry of Internet Domain Names.

UK citizens no longer have the right to use .eu domain names

The association, which is responsible for the European registry, has in fact suspended all .eu domain names belonging … to British citizens. Brexit obliges, they are effectively no longer considered as European citizens and they therefore lose the use of domain names exploiting the extension of the EU.

Nothing is lost for them, however. EURid has effectively implemented a procedure before allowing them to transfer their domain names to a subsidiary. Be careful, however, because the deadlines are tight. If they wish to retain access to their domain name, they will have to initiate this transfer within three months.

If they don't, then their domain name will be totally blocked from April 1, 2021, only to be revoked at the beginning of next year. And once that is done, they will find themselves again available for purchase, without their previous owner being able to do anything about it.

81,000 domain names affected

However, it should be noted that this decision will not only have an impact on the sites. All associated messaging will also be suspended and then revoked.

According to EURid, 81,000 domain names would be affected by this decision, domain names belonging to only 50,000 users. However, Zdnet notes that most of the owners of these domain names have abandoned them to migrate their site to a new, freely usable domain.

Concretely, this also means that most of these domain names are likely to end up on sale in January 2022… probably to the delight of SEO experts.

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