They have decided to give .co.uk owners years to register the equivalent .uk domain. This means the owner of example.co.uk
will have until 10 June 2019 to register example.uk
before anyone else can.
That means if Example Charity UK, who owns example.org.uk
want to own example.uk they have two options:
1. They get lucky and example.co.uk
don't buy example.uk and so on 10 June 2019, they purchase the domain - FIVE YEARS LATER THAN THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO.
2. They buy example.uk off example.co.uk
and an inflated price - This is the much more likely option.
As the digital manager of a UK charity, in a personal capacity I'm not very happy about this, so I asked Nominet about there decision.