Bermuda has chosen not to be treated as one of the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) of the European Union (EU).In one respect, while Bermuda may be deemed an OCT because it is placed on Annex II of the EC Treaty (and on a similar annex to the EU Constitution), it does not fall under the scope of the OCT Decisions that the Council takes.Even though Bermuda is a tiny (only 21 square miles it total land area) it has its own laws.In some respects only, they mirror those of the UK.For those who want to work in Bermuda, Work Permits apply just as much to Britons, Canadians, Europeans and Americans as to Philippine nationals or Mongolians.Britons who are not also Bermudians have none of the rights that Bermudians in the UK now have if they apply for UK passports.The salaries of the Governor, Deputy Governor and their staff are paid by Bermuda's taxpayers, NOT the British Government.
Only in external affairs and defence does the UK have a controlling interest.
British Information Services in New York answers questions about Britain and provides up to date Government comment on current events involving Britain.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office, at King Charles Street, London SW1 A2AH, England, telephone (011) 44-207-2701500 or fax 44-207-2702148 is the British Government department responsible for Bermuda's overseas relations and foreign affairs.
The last of the latter type was David Waddington, Baroness Thatcher's last home secretary who as Lord Waddington was governor from 1992 until 1997.
Since then the post has been held by career diplomats and often, when socio-economic conditions require it, comes with a knighthood for the holder.
The official car used by the Governor features a crown instead of a license plate, with extra large width, length and horsepower by Bermuda standards and the Governor's Flag.