The latest loss, due to the forthcoming UK withdrawal from the European Union, is the removal of the .eu domain for English companies and citizens.
As the Register found, the European Commission announced on Thursday that after Brexit all Companies but also citizens of the United Kingdom will be excluded from having .eu domain names. In a letter to stakeholders, the Commission, which is the EU legislative body, said: "Businesses and organizations established in the UK but not in the EU and natural persons residing in the United Kingdom will no longer be able to register or refresh .eu domain names. "
When exactly these domain names will be removed, it is not clear, but the Commission considers that it could happen on its own date Brexit, scheduled for 30 March 2019. This development will certainly not have a devastating impact but will affect 317.000 domains that are estimated to be registered in the United Kingdom.
As the Register points out, what is unusual in this case is the strict nature of the Commission's decision. There does not seem to be any legal appeal for those who will affect this measure and no post-Brexit time for the owners of that domain to be able to carry out the transfer of their site. This is an exception, as historical, structural changes of this kind have been dealt with at a slower pace, such as the Soviet Union .su domain that introduced 1990 (just 15 months before the collapse of the Soviet Union itself) and was soon replaced by the TLD .ru. However, Russia has applied to continue to operate and to date more than 100.000 sites that use it are still operational.
It seems that the European Union has taken very seriously the departure of the United Kingdom from within.