News Own a .EU domain? Think about changing it before Brexit

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    The EU announced just over the Easter weekend that once the UK has left the European Union, businesses across the UK will no longer be able to use .EU domains.

    What are EU talking about?


    If you have a website with a .EU domain/ URL, then you'll be forced to change this before Brexit day happens in just around one year's time. However another down-side to this is that your site could risk losing its .EU URL even before the renewal date comes up.

    This means you're going to hope that no one else has already registered for a .co.uk and .com URL, and change your URL ASAP. Best to keep your eyes peeled on domain registration sites such as GoDaddy and 123-reg and grab those URLs when you can.

    What can I do now?

    It seems not a lot there is you can do to keep your .EU URL safe. You won't even be able to protect your .EU URL by any means, unless I guess you move to the EU and have your business registered over there.

    The official document stated in their announcement that: "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."

    There seems to be just over 300,000 sites in the UK registered with a .EU domain. That's a lot of sites.

    Download document from ec.europa.eu.

    Do you have a .EU URL?
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