On July 1st any domain names that were impacted by the UK's withdrawal from the EU, Brexit, were moved to a status of "WITHDRAWN". This means that not only is the domain no longer "in zone" but it's also no longer in the original registrar's control either. This is yet another step in the process that the European Commission decided on in order for .eu domain names that had … [Read more...] about Brexit Impacted EU Domains Now “Withdrawn”. What Next?
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From January 1st 2021 the UK is no longer part of the European Union and consequently .eu domain names can no longer be registered or held by UK individuals or businesses. EURid, the .eu domain name registry, operate the registry under contract to the European Commission, so they are bound by whatever rules the EC put on them (within reason). Over the last couple of years … [Read more...] about EURid Tweaks Post-Brexit Handling of Impacted Domains
The EU Commission has been forced to cancel its call for tender to run the .eu domain name registry. The .eu domain name registry is operated under contract for the European Commission and the whole shooting party is governed by a complex hodge podge of European regulations and laws. One could argue that the EC took a very hard line with their treatment of .eu domain holders … [Read more...] about EU Commission Forgets Brexit; Forced to Cancel Call For Registry Tender
While the .eu ccTLD's handling of UK registrants post-Brexit has grabbed headlines, they aren't the only domain name registry that is impacted. Many of the European country code domain names have or had policies that link registration requirements to membership of the EU. Bear in mind that one of the core tenets of the EU treaties is to allow ease of commerce across the entire … [Read more...] about French Domain Registry Blocking UK Registrations due to Brexit
As I've mentioned in the past if you are a UK based domain name registrant you won't be able to keep your .eu domain names after Brexit. Earlier this week ALL UK based holders of .eu domain names were formally put on notice that they have until the end of the year to update their .eu domain names or they'll lose them. From January 1st 2021 any .eu domain name linked to a UK … [Read more...] about Brexit Campaign EU Domain is now …. Irish?
Nominet, the .uk domain registry, is well aware of the possible implications of Brexit. Earlier today they sent out a reminder email to registrars to underline the options: In the case of a "no deal" BrexitIn the case of Brexit with a deal, but without specific provisions covering the transfer of personal data Essentially if the worst comes to happen then they will … [Read more...] about Nominet and Brexit
While the Brexit situation remains at best "unclear" the future of UK based .eu domain name registrants has finally received a little bit of clarity. It might not be the best of news, but it's relatively clear. Of course in common with anything that is linked in anyway with Brexit and what form it might take, the entire thing is still "up in the air". EURid have … [Read more...] about More Brexit Fun and Games for .EU Domain Registrants
While many domain name registries are run privately quite a few country code registries (ccTLDs) have links to government. In the case of .eu, however, the registry is operated under contract to the European Commission, so it is operated on behalf of the entire European Union. The impact of Brexit on the .eu ccTLD is something I've spoken about a few times in the past. The … [Read more...] about EU Domains in the UK Post-Brexit Just got More Confusing
Nigel Farage's latest political vehicle The Brexit Party launched last week. However you'll notice that it's using a .org domain name. The exact match .com domain name was snapped up by a group of pro-EU campaigners: TheBrexitParty.com was registered with GoDaddy on October 26th 2018, while the domain Farage's party is using is TheBrexitParty.org which was … [Read more...] about New Brexit Party Misses Out on Domain
When the UK announced its intention to withdraw from the European Union it was clear to some of us that this would cause complications with .eu and possibly other domain name extensions. Over the past year it's become clear that the European Commission, who mandate the .eu domain name policy, weren't interested in providing a "soft landing" for impacted registrants of .eu … [Read more...] about EURid Pauses Brexit Plans