Brexit notice

Page last updated: 22 March, 2019

Due to ongoing uncertainties over the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union, EURid has placed on hold any plan regarding domain names registered to individuals and undertakings located in the United Kingdom and Gibraltar. Those plans were set out in European Commission’s notice to .eu stakeholders, published on 28 March 2018.

As soon as we receive official updates from the European Commission on how to proceed, we will amend the plans on this web page and communicate with affected stakeholders as appropriate, and as instructed by the Commission.  We thank you for your patience.


On 28 March 2018 the European Commission issued a notice to stakeholders concerning the .eu domain names registered by UK residents. The notice reads:

 

Subject to any transitional arrangement that may be contained in a possible withdrawal agreement, the EU regulatory framework for the .eu Top Level Domain will no longer apply to the United Kingdom as from the withdrawal date. […]

“As of the withdrawal date, undertakings and organisations that are established in the United Kingdom but not in the EU and natural persons who reside in the United Kingdom will no longer be eligible to register .eu domain names or, if they are .eu registrants, to renew .eu domain names registered before the withdrawal date. Accredited .eu Registrars will not be entitled to process any request for the registration of or for renewing registrations of .eu domain names by those undertakings, organisations and persons.

 

As reported above, the full communication highlights the fact that this information is subject to any transitional arrangement that may be contained in a possible withdrawal agreement, which is an ongoing negotiation between the United Kingdom and European Commission.

 

On 10 April 2018 EURid, the .eu registry manager, received a communication from the European Commission stating the following:

 

The revocation of existing holders’ rights and the prohibition for registrars from processing any more requests for registrations or renewals for .eu domain names whose holders are no longer eligible must be prepared so that the necessary measures are effective as from 1 January 2021 or, in case that there were no withdrawal agreement in force before 30 March 2019, as from 30 March 2019.”

 

Following several working meetings with the European Commission, EURid will roll out the following action plan that has two scenarios that depend on the withdrawal date of the United Kingdom from the European Union.

 

DISCLAIMER: Please note that the following plan reflects the decisions made on the basis of the political scenarios that are known at the time of its writing. Should there be any change and/or unexpected development concerning the withdrawal of UK from the European Union, EURid will liaise with the European Commission to provide all its stakeholders with an update in a timely manner.

 

SCENARIO 1 - .eu domain names that have GB/GI as the registrant country code 

Should the UK leave the EU with no deal on 30 March 2019, the following measures will be enforced:

New registrations

From 30 March 2019, 00:00:00 CET, EURid will NOT allow the registration of any new domain name where the registrant country code is either GB/GI.

.eu domain names that have GB/GI as the registrant country code in .eu registry database, at the time of UK withdrawal

On 23 March 2019, as of 00:00:00 CET, EURid will notify by email both GB/GI registrants and their registrars about the forthcoming non-compliance of the data associated to their domain name within the .eu regulatory framework.

On 30 March 2019, as of 00:00:00 CET, EURid will again notify by email both GB/GI registrants and their registrars that their domain name(s) is not in compliance 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 (e.g. indicating a legally established entity in one of the eligible EU27 or EEA Member States, or update of residence) before 30 May 2019, 00:00:00 CEST. During this two-month period, the domain names in question will remain active.

During this two-month period, the following actions are possible:

  • Contact data changes including updates to existing contact details pertaining to
    • Phone
    • Email
    • Street
    • Postal code
    • Country code
    • Updating a contact or linking a new contact
  • Name server and DNSSEC changes;
  • Transfer the domain name to a non GB/GI registrant. 
  • Delete the domain name

During this two-month period, the following actions are NOT possible for domain names that have GB/GI as the registrant country code:

  • Transfer the domain name to a GB/GI registrant;
  • Term extension, unless accompanied by a transfer request to an eligible registrant;
  • Automatic renewal. Any domain name that has GB/GI as registrant country code and expires in the period between 30 March 2019, 00:00:00 CET, and 30 May 2019, 00:00:00 CEST, will not be automatically renewed. It will be moved to the WITDHRAWN status at the moment it expires;
  • Reactivation from QUARANTINE

As of 30 May 2019, 00:00:00 CEST, all registrants who did not demonstrate 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) but the record will remain in the .eu registry database, and may be reactivated if the eligibility criteria are satisfied.

Twelve months after the UK withdrawal, i.e. on 30 March 2020 00:00:00 CET, all the affected domain names will be REVOKED, and will become AVAILABLE for general registration. For security and stability reasons, the release of all affected domain names will occur in batches from the time they become available.

.eu domain names that have GB/GI as the registrant country code in .eu registry database 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 30 May 2019, 00:00:00 CEST. If a court ruling establishes a transfer to an eligible party, we 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/GI registrant, we will WITHDRAW that domain name as soon as practicable after having liaised with the court and having received the final decision from the court.

.eu domain names that have GB/GI as the registrant country code in .eu registry database 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, we will evaluate the reasons behind it on a case-by-case basis and if appropriate, move forward with its withdrawal.

.eu domain names that have GB/GI as the registrant country code in .eu registry database and are in the QUARANTINE status at the time of UK withdrawal or will enter this status during the two-month period.

No reactivation from QUARANTINE will be possible. No transfer to GB/GI registrants from QUARANTINE will be possible during the two-month period. Transfer to a non-GB/GI registrant will be possible.  A domain name in the QUARANTINE status will be moved to WITHDRAWN status at the moment it expires or on 30 May 2019 00:00:00 CET, whichever comes first.

A domain name in the QUARANTINE status with an expiry date before 30 March 2019, 00:00:00 CET will be moved to WITHDRAWN status on 30 March 2019, 00:00:00 CET. 

PLEASE NOTE: There may be situations of EU citizens, who at present are residing in the UK and have registered a .eu domain name. These citizens would become ineligible as a result of the UK withdrawal and would, therefore lose their eligibility for a .eu domain name, but might become eligible again when the new .eu regulatory framework comes into force later this year.  At present, such individuals will experience a disruption of service from 30 May 2019, as a result of the withdrawal of the name.
 

SCENARIO 2 - .eu domain names that have GB/GI as the registrant country code

Should the UK leave the EU following a planned transitional period on 31 December 2020 or at a later date if the transition period is extended pursuant to Art.132 of the Withdrawal Agreement, and the plan does not contain specific provisions relating to .eu domain names, the following measures will be enforced:

New registrations

From 1 January 2021, 00:00:00 CET, EURid will NOT allow the registration of any new domain name where the registrant country code is either GB/GI.

.eu domain names that have GB/GI as the registrant country code in .eu registry database at the time of UK withdrawal

On 23 December 2020, as of 00:00:00 CET, EURid will notify by email both GB/GI registrants and their registrars about the forthcoming non-compliance of the data associated to their domain name within the .eu regulatory framework.

On 1 January 2021, as of 00:00:00 CET, EURid will again notify by email both GB/GI registrants and their registrars that their domain name(s) is not in compliance 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 (e.g. indicating a legally established entity in one of the eligible EU27 or EEA Member States, or update of residence) before 2 March 2021, 00:00:00 CET. During this two-month period, the domain names in question will remain active.

During this two-month period, the following actions are possible:

  • Contact data changes including updates to existing contact details pertaining to
    • Phone
    • Email
    • Street
    • Postal code
    • Country code
  • Name server and DNSSEC changes;
  • Updating a contact or linking a new contact;
  • Transfer the domain name to a non GB/GI registrant;
  • Delete the domain name

During this two-month period, the following actions are NOT possible for domain names that have GB/GI as the registrant country code:

  • Transfer the domain name to a GB/GI registrant;
  • Term extension, unless accompanied by a transfer request to an eligible registrant;
  • Automatic renewal. Any domain name that has GB/GI as registrant country code and expires in the period between 1 January 2021, 00:00:00 CET, and 2 March 2021, 00:00:00 CET, will not be automatically renewed. It will be moved to the WITDHRAWN status at the moment it would expire;
  • Reactivation from QUARANTINE

As of 2 March 2021, 00:00:00 CET, all registrants who did not demonstrate 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) but the record will remain in the .eu registry database, and may be reactivated if the eligibility criteria are satisfied.

Twelve months after the UK withdrawal, i.e. on 1 January 2022 00:00:00 CET, 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.

.eu domain names that have GB/GI as the registrant country code in .eu registry database 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 2 March 2021, 00:00:00 CET. If a court ruling establishes a transfer to an eligible party, we 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/GI registrant, we will WITHDRAW that domain name as soon as practicable after having liaised with the court and having received the final decision from the court.

.eu domain names that have GB/GI as the registrant country code in .eu registry database 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, we will evaluate the reasons behind it on a case-by-case basis and eventually, move forward with its withdrawal.

.eu domain names that have GB/GI as the registrant country code in .eu registry database and are in the QUARANTINE status at the time of UK withdrawal or will enter this status during the two-month period.

No reactivation from QUARANTINE will be possible. No transfer to GB/GI registrants from quarantine will be possible during the two-month period. Transfer to a non-GB/GI registrant will be possible. A domain name in the QUARANTINE status will be moved to WITHDRAWN status at the moment it expires or on 2 March 2021 00:00:00 CET, whichever comes first. A domain name in the QUARANTINE status with an expiry date before 1 January 2021, 00:00:00 CET will be moved to WITHDRAWN status on 1 January 2021, 00:00:00 CET.