The official Brexit date of 29 March 2019 is just over six months away and lawmakers are still scrambling to create a deal for Britain's exit from the European Union. If a deal is not reached in time, there will be significant effects on businesses in both the United Kingdom and European Union. The domain industry is not immune to these changes and Lexsynergy is closely tracking how Brexit will affect our client's domains.
Status of European ccTLDs
As of now, no country code extensions (ccTLDs) registries have made official announcements regarding how Brexit may affect their registration policies. They are likely waiting to see what kind of deal is made over the next few months. The following ccTLDs currently require a local presence within the EU: .fr (France), .hu (Hungary), .hr (Croatia), and .yt (Mayotte).
Impact on .EU Domains
EURid has announced that as of 29 March 2019, organisations that are established in the UK but not in the EU and natural persons who reside in the UK will no longer be eligible to register or renew .eu domains. Registrants must have a physical location within a member state of the EU. Lexsynergy is currently establishing a local presence in the EU which our clients will be able to utilise for .EU registrations. We will consult with clients to address all local presence issues that Brexit may bring forth.
Should you have any questions regarding how the Brexit negotiations may impact your domains, please email [email protected].