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The UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office ( FCO) administers Bermuda internationally but in all other matters Bermuda is a self-governing British Overseas Territory (BOT), 3,076 miles from London, one of the 14 BOTS worldwide. UK Statutory Instruments Applicable to Bermuda as a BOT. The FCO is represented in Bermuda by His Excellency the Governor and Deputy Governor, Government House, 11 Langton Hill, Pembroke HM 13. But in other ways, Bermuda benefits hugely from this, in ways far more strategically important as well as financial.
British officials in Britain and the USA are helpful in Bermuda's affairs.
See Bermuda History with the Old and New Worlds since 1500.
It has been completely self-governing (except for defence, external affairs and internal security, which are reserved British-UK powers) for centuries, is the smallest of all the fourteen BOTs (see below) yet has by far the most evolved British Parliament in the world after Westminster in London.
His Excellency the Governor has his own Flag of Office.
It is a Union Jack but in its center it has the Bermuda arms on a white disc encircled by a green garland.
Bermuda has chosen not to be treated as one of the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT) of the European Union (EU).
Paid for by Bermuda - not British - taxpayers and coming under Bermuda - not British - laws.
It was the UK Government that approved that Bermudians could have, on application, a UK passport and be treated as full UK nationals in every other way, but that Britons in Bermuda who are not also Bermudian would not have reciprocal rights.
For much of the last century it was given to a senior British UK military officer on retirement, or a politician who had held senior office.
First, he is the primary source of information from Bermuda to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the state of affairs in Bermuda.
Second, he is the voice of the United Kingdom and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for advising Bermudians what they can and cannot do under British/United Kingdom laws.
Even though Bermuda is a tiny (only 21 square miles it total land area) it has its own laws.