UK owned .eu domains no longer exist
The most important rule for registering a .eu domain is simple: companies, organizations and individuals with (residential) headquarters in the European Union or Iceland, Liechtenstein or Norway are entitled to apply. Brexit meant that British users of the .eu domain were given a transitional phase until they eventually lost access to their addresses and were excluded from new registrations. That deadline has now come.
Infographic: This is how registered .de domains are distributed throughout the country
As reported by the non-profit EURid, which is responsible for administering the .eu domain, the previous 48,000 addresses of British ownership have now been issued for re-registration. Furthermore, since the start of the year, all transfer and transmission options are no longer offered for good to UK users. As Heis points out, the domain’s release marks the transition of a total of about 300,000 addresses that are no longer allowed to remain in British possession due to Brexit.
Some tricks are still being tried
In the detailed report, EURid Classic also provides information on exceptional cases that make registration possible despite the explicit reference to the UK. For example, EU citizens who are residents of the UK will still own a .eu domain name. The same principle applies to UK citizens living in an EU member state.
According to Politico, one address that is still fighting for its position and therefore has not yet been made available is the website of the Brexit campaign. To be able to maintain access, those responsible had moved the registration address to Ireland. However, since the domain owner did not respond to subsequent data verification requests, this address will also be reissued soon.
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