Are You British And Do You Have A .EU Domain? Time To Switch…. OR ELSE

You might have heard of Brexit. That’s the gong show of a divorce between my home country which is the United Kingdom and the European Union. With less than 100 days to go before the divorce happens, a lot of things are up in the air. Here’s a perfect example of this. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has flagged that those in the UK who are currently holding a “.eu” registration should “consider transferring” their registration to another “top level domain”. Those, according to DCMS, include “.com, .co.uk, .net, or .org”.

Now, that’s sounds pretty over the top. But it doesn’t stop there because DCMS continues: “You may wish to seek advice from your local domain name registrar on whether the terms of your contractual agreement provide for any recourse in the event of revocation of a .eu registration. You may also want to seek legal advice,”

The reason for this is that if there is a no-deal Brexit, meaning a divorce without an arrangement of how the EU and the UK will go their separate ways in an orderly manner seeing as there is no agreement between the two parties that is in place as I type this, all .eu domains being run in Britain without a presence in an EU nation will effectively be rendered defunct. That could cause all manner of disruption when it comes to say selling products across the web to EU citizens or offering online services. And what is worse is that The European Commission has been fairly dogmatic in previously announcing it would essentially delete .eu domains owned by UK citizens and businesses. So, with less than 100 days to go, this issue could become an #EpicFail if there is a no-deal Brexit.

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