In February we blogged about how Brexit will affect .eu domain names as the UK was set to leave the EU on the 29th March 2019. However this has been pushed back twice; firstly to the 12th April and again to the 31st October 2019.
Eurid, the registry for all .eu domains, previously released a timeline for when UK persons and businesses would lose their .eu domain access and registry, depending on a soft or hard Brexit, if they didn't meet the eligibility requirements to have a .eu domain name registered.
Due to the ongoing uncertainties over the UK's withdrawal from the EU, Eurid has placed their plans regarding .eu domain names and a registrant's eligibility on hold.
Once Eurid have been updated by the European Commission on how they should proceed, they will inform everyone of the new plans around eligibility. We will make sure to update all clients of Toolkit Websites with a .eu domain name once we know more.
Preparing for Brexit
As no one knows for sure how Brexit will play out, we recommend preparing for the worst as soon as possible.
If you know that you won't be eligible for a .eu domain name post Brexit, it's definitely worth registering a new, non .eu domain name now and moving your site to that new domain. You then have plenty of time for 301 redirects on your .eu domain to work and make sure that changing your domain doesn't hinder your SEO too much.
If you're a client of Toolkit Websites and you have a .eu domain and are not based in the EU, only in the UK, we can register a new domain for you and perform our Domain Name Migration service to move your website to that domain.