The UK domain registration system is at a standstill as the UK government moves to privatise its registry, according to the latest figures from the US-based registrar ICANN.
The registration system for the United States is being closed down in order to comply with an EU directive, according the registrar.
The UK government has said that the system was used to register the domains of individuals and businesses.
The US is the world’s biggest registrar of domains, but ICANN said that UK registrations were dropping as of September 30.
It said that there were 6.3 million UK domains registered with ICANN in September, compared with 6.5 million in September 2016.
The closure of the UK registration system was prompted by an EU ruling that it was illegal for the UK to register US domains.
The European Union said that it had made the decision to shut down UK registration, citing the threat to internet freedom posed by the US’s internet infrastructure.
The registrar has been trying to keep up with the shift in policy by working with the government to ensure that UK domain registrations are not affected.