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Armed Forces Act 2006

Section 357: Power of British overseas territory to apply Act, etc

729.Forces raised under the laws of a British overseas territory (“BOT”) are Her Majesty’s forces. Four BOTs (Bermuda, Gibraltar, the Falkland Islands and Montserrat) raise defence forces under their own law, and this section makes provision in relation to that.

730.Paragraph (a) is necessary because BOTs do not have the power to make legislation with extraterritorial effect without express permission.

731.Paragraph (b) provides that a BOT which makes legislation for its own defence force may do so by applying some or all of the provisions of this Act. This is not mandatory, and a BOT may make separate legislation for its own defence force.

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