Europe Threatens To Revoke 300,000 .eu Domains From The UK Due To Brexit
It appears that the upcoming Brexit, the split between the United Kingdom and the European Union, might have some severe consequences for Brits who own a .eu domain name. The European Commission is now threatening to revoke these domain names because only members of the EU are allowed to have a .eu domain name.
The warning is aimed towards the United Kingdom, but other individuals and companies who are not situated in the .eu would lose access to their domain as well. They haven’t stated that they would revoke the names specifically, but do state that they have the rights to do so when the Brexit occurs. At the moment, Britain is scheduled to leave the EU on March 30th, 2019.
When the withdrawal from the European Union is complete, citizens and organizations of the UK won’t be able to register any .eu domain names, and won’t be able to renew their existing domain names either.
The Commission says that they can revoke the names without any juridical interference and at their own will. According to registry administrator EURid, almost 320,000 .eu domain names in the United Kingdom are at risk. As of this moment, the United Kingdom holds the fourth spot of countries with the most .eu registrations.