The European domain name agency has taken down tens of thousands of Brexit-related websites, including the Leave.eu site created by the pro-Brexit campaign group.
UK-based .eu website owners were warned that they must prove their eligibility for a European domain name after the Brexit process or else they will be officially ‘revoked’ this week.
The EURid agency said that around 48,000 domain names had been revoked and will now be available for registration on a first-come, first-served basis.
“As previously reported, all Brexit-related domain names, which entered ‘retired’ status on July 1, 2021, will be revoked and published on January 3, 2022,” said a spokesperson.
EURid added: “Approximately 48,000 domain names will be available for general registration on a first-come, first-served basis. “
The Leave.EU group, founded by businessman Arron, had moved its website’s registration from the UK to the Republic of Ireland in late 2020 in an attempt to circumvent a rule that said .eu addresses can only be used by individuals and organizations. based in the EU.
But an investigation by EURid led to the domain name being assigned “retired” status, with the EU agency citing a lack of response to data verification requests.
The website has now been revoked – website visitors receive the error message: “This site cannot be accessed. “
However, the Leave.EU group now has a website with a UK domain name, leaveeuofficial.com.
Neale Richmond, a member of the Irish Parliament, wrote to the Republic of Ireland’s communications regulator last year complaining about the attempted registration at Waterford.
“It is absolutely ridiculous to think that Leave.EU could set up an address in Waterford to maintain their domain name; they wanted to leave the EU, they did, that means they are also abandoning their domain,” he stated.
Any person with residence or citizenship of the EU, or an organization established in the block, will be able to re-register the domain names .eu that have been revoked.
The Leave.EU group has been contacted for comment.
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