Subsequently, a protocol also applied to Denmark.  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. One of the objectives of the Regulation is to ensure that a person does not make multiple asylum applications in several Dublin Member States. These include the EU Member States, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. The United Kingdom remains bound by the Dublin Regulation until 31 December 2020. By Steve Peers, Professor of Law at the University of Essex and Researcher for The UK in a Changing Europe. In July 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Communities upheld the Dublin Regulation by stating that despite the large influx of 2015, it still exists and that EU Member States have the right to transfer migrants to the first country of entry into the EU.  The fingerprints of the asylum seeker are recorded via an EU database in order to determine in which EU countries a person is registered. .