The United Kingdom will formally leave the EU at 11pm tonight, January 31, 2020 and being a UK company, Rapid Mobile will be unable to use the EU domain extension.
Brussels has imposed a strict two-month cancellation period for any .EU domain registered to a UK address, even if the owner is a European citizen, and refused to add an appeals process.
As a result, three-quarters of a million people will have to ensure their .EU domain is linked to a physical address inside the European Union if they don’t want to lose their internet address.
Fortunately, we had the foresight to keep control of our rapidmobile.biz domain and have now switched to this domain.
Previously, it was made clear any person or organization would eventually lose their .EU domain post-Brexit if it was registered to a UK physical address.
Now Brussels has made it crystal clear to European citizens as well as Brits – no .eu domain for you, either – if you are registered at a UK mailing address.
The .eu registry operator EURid notes:
“There may be situations of EU citizens, who at present are residing in the UK and have registered a .eu domain name,”.
“These citizens would become ineligible as a result of the UK withdrawal and would, therefore lose their eligibility for a .eu domain name, but might become eligible again when the new .eu regulatory framework comes into force later this year.