A map showing the areas referred to as the British Islands shaded red.
|Adjacent bodies of water||Atlantic Ocean, North Sea|
|Highest elevation||1,345 m (4,413 ft)|
|Highest point||Ben Nevis|
|Capital and largest settlement||Saint Peter Port|
|Area covered||78 km2 (30 sq mi)|
|Capital and largest settlement||Saint Helier|
|Area covered||118 km2 (46 sq mi)|
|Capital and largest settlement||Douglas|
|Area covered||572 km2 (221 sq mi)|
|Capital and largest city||London|
|Area covered||244,111 km2 (94,252 sq mi)|
|Languages||Auregnais, Cornish, English, French, Guernésiais, Irish, Jèrriais, Manx, Scots, Scottish Gaelic, Sercquiais, Shelta, Ulster-Scots, Welsh|
|• Summer (DST)|
|Drives on the||left|
- the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (formerly the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland);
- the Bailiwick of Guernsey (including the jurisdictions of Alderney, Guernsey and Sark); and
- the Bailiwick of Jersey;
- the Isle of Man.
The Isle of Man and the Bailiwicks of Guernsey and Jersey are Crown dependencies and are not a part of the United Kingdom. The Parliament of the United Kingdom on occasions introduces legislation that is extended to the islands, normally by the use of Orders in Council. For this reason it has been found useful to have a collective term for the combined territories. Dating back to 1889, a statutory definition can be found in Schedule 1 of the Interpretation Act 1978.
British passports issued in the UK have the wording "United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland" on their cover. In the Crown dependencies, this is replaced by "British Islands – Bailiwick of Jersey", "British Islands – Bailiwick of Guernsey" or "British Islands – Isle of Man". These passports are issued to all British citizens resident in the jurisdiction in question.
Section 5 of the Interpretation Act 1978 provides that "in any Act, unless the contrary intention appears" the expression "British Islands" is to be construed according to Schedule 1 of that Act, which contains the following paragraph:
Subject to paragraph 4(2) of Schedule 2, that paragraph of Schedule 1 applies, so far as applicable, to Acts passed after the year 1889.
Paragraph 4(2) provides:
Irish Free State
The Irish Free State was established on 6 December 1922 and the Interpretation Act 1978 came into force on 1 January 1979. With effect from the Ireland Act 1949, British law recognised that the Republic of Ireland had ceased to be a Dominion and/or member of the Commonwealth of Nations but that it would not be treated as a foreign country for the purposes of British law.
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