www.ianstewart.eu

Please note, this website has now moved and the address changed.

Click below to go to the new, more minimal, updated website:



www.ianstewart.xyz



THE REASON:

Short, non-political version:
When the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, British businesses, organisations and citizens based only in the U.K. will no longer be able to use .eu domain names. For this reason I am changing the domain name of my website, and the email addresses associated with it, now so that everything can, hopefully, be completed in good time.

Long, political version:
The European Commission has said that once the United Kingdom leaves the European Union British businesses, organisations and citizens based only in the U.K. will have their .eu domain names cancelled. For this reason I am changing the domain name of my website and the email addresses associated with it.

When I registered my .eu domain it was stated clearly that U.K. citizens would be able to keep their domain if the U.K. leaves the E.U. This was confirmed by EURid, the registrar, in 2016. However it has now been made clear that the control of .eu domains is not with EURid, but the European Commission.

The internet has a policy of ‘grandfather rights’ - if an organisation, business or individual complied with the conditions when the domain was registered, the domain name can be kept, even if the conditions are no longer fulfilled. Such a precedent is the .su domain - the Soviet Union ceased to exist nineteen years ago yet that suffix is still being used, even though it is impossible to comply with the original conditions.

It is possible that this will be reversed. However as .eu domains can be used as a political lever I will probably not keep that domain anyway, except maybe to prevent someone else using it maliciously.

I don’t like uncertainty, nor political interference in the internet. For this reason I am now using a .xyz domain, which is run by an American company, and I have registered it with a registrar outside U.K./U.S./E.U. jurisdiction - although still within Five Eyes, but that doesn’t concern me.

Although there are approximately 317,000 .eu names registered in Britain it is not that important, most U.K. businesses only registered a .eu name to prevent others from misusing it.
I only registered a .eu domain because I have common name so the other TLDs were taken. At that time I also wanted a geographical domain name. However things change, there is more choice for domain names now and a geographical name is no longer relevant to my website.