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The Effect of Brexit on Websites

The UK is due to leave the EU on Friday 29 March 2019. This could mean changes for UK websites and how they operate or are hosted. We can prepare as much as we can regarding the points below, however, the true effect will only likely become apparent after the UK actually leaves the EU. Below are some of the top reported effects of Brexit on UK websites.

  • Some TLD’s (Top Level Domains) will not be available to UK registered companies. One of the confirmed domain so far is .eu. After Brexit, this will no longer be available and any existing domains are also at risk. There are currently 317,000 UK registered .eu domains which could be cancelled post Brexit as one of the requirements of holding this domain is that the registrant address is within an EU country.
  • Cookie notices may not be needed in the future. It is very common when you go on to a website to be promoted to accept cookies via a popup or bar at the bottom of the page. At the moment it is a requirement that websites within the EU have this cookie policy although it is not very well enforced. Post Brexit it may be that this cookie policy warning is not needed at all.
  • Post Brexit it is certain that the value of the pound will be affected, whether for good or bad no-one knows yet. This could mean that payments for services or hosting may change if the payment is made in foreign currency as the exchange rate may be higher or lower than now. For example, if you pay for your email hosting with a US company and they charge you in dollars the price you pay may fluctuate due to the exchange rate between the pound and the US dollar.
  • Currently, any EU website which allows comments to their website is not liable for any of the content that is posted in these comments. After Brexit, it may be possible that this protection is no longer there and any website that allows comments will be liable for anything that is posted via comments.