The UN Refugee Convention does not say where asylum seekers must apply. The definition of “refugee status” does not exclude persons who are based on the fact that they entered a territory illegally or applied elsewhere. The regulation is also criticised by the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights for undermining the rights of refugees.  We want a close future partnership to address common challenges on asylum and illegal immigration. Section 17 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 requires the government to negotiate an agreement with the EU allowing unaccompanied children to apply for asylum in the EU to join family members legally residing in the UK if it is in their best interest. This obligation applies whether we leave the EU with or without an agreement. The implementation of transfers puts in place an agreement and we strive to negotiate such an agreement as quickly as possible. According to the rules that aim to prevent migrants from filing multiple asylum applications in Europe, a Member State that receives an asylum application must process it and the potential refugee should not move forward. The Regulation first provides for a special regime for the responsibility of unaccompanied minors, and then assigns jurisdiction where a family member of an asylum seeker already has or has applied for refugee status or subsidiary protection status. They continue to apply to the UK during the transitional period of the Withdrawal Agreement, as part of the continued application of most EU legislation in the UK during that period, but this will end at the end of the year. .