It’s not determined yet, but it could be bad.
A DNW podcast listener emailed a question to me this week that I hadn’t considered before:
Will UK residents still be able to register and own .EU domain names after Brexit is complete?
Great question. It turns out EURid, the registry for .EU, has already answered this question…sort of:
On 23 June 2016 voters in the UK referendum expressed their preference to leave the European Union. As the next steps have still not been determined and the political and legal processes have not yet been initiated, note that no action will be taken against .eu or .ею domain names that have been registered by residents in UK.
EURid has been appointed by the European Commission to manage the technical infrastructure of .eu and its variants in other scripts. When further details are known about the timing and details of a UK exit, the European Commission will instruct EURid on how to proceed. We will continue to keep all our stakeholders fully informed.
In other words, there’s a possibility that UK residents will be left out of .EU in the future but this hasn’t been determined.