We want a close partnership in the future to address the common challenges of asylum and illegal immigration. Section 17 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 obliges the government to negotiate an agreement with the EU allowing unaccompanied children of an asylum seeker in the EU to join family members legally residing in the UK, where it is in their best interest. This obligation applies regardless of whether we leave the EU with or without an agreement. The implementation of transfers is based on the replacement of an agreement and we are working to negotiate such an agreement as quickly as possible. Any individual asylum application made on EU territory must be reviewed – each EU country must be able to determine whether and when it is responsible for processing an asylum application. The aim of the Dublin Regulation is to ensure rapid access to asylum procedures and the consideration of a substantive application by a single clearly defined Member State. “This Dublin process is quite bureaucratic and it is very regrettable that the previous government did not see it coming and that it agreed to abandon the bilateral gentleman`s agreement between France and Belgium, which ended in 1997. As I said, they were not perfect, they were not complete, but they were better. [115] The Dublin Agreement is a mechanism within the European Union that helps identify the country responsible for processing the asylum application of a person belonging to a third country or a stateless person. The Dublin regime was originally introduced by the Dublin Convention, signed in Dublin (Ireland) on 15 June 1990 and came into force on 1 October 1997 for the first twelve signatories (Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom), and on 1 January 1998 for Finland. [2] While the agreement was only open to accession by the Member States of the European Communities, Norway and Iceland, non-member countries, reached an agreement with the EC in 2001 on the application of the provisions of the Convention on their territory. [3] 141.