Being independently administered jurisdictions with self-governance, they are not part of the United Kingdom or British overseas territories. However, internationally, the dependencies are recognised as "territories for which the United Kingdom is responsible". As a result, they are not member states of the Commonwealth of Nations. However, they do have a relationship with the Commonwealth, EU, and other international organisations and are members of the British–Irish Council. They are not part of the European Union (EU), although they are within the EU's customs area.
- Fact sheet on the UK’s relationship with the Crown Dependencies – gov.uk, Ministry of Justice. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
- http://www.justice.gov.uk/downloads/publications/moj/2010/gov-response-justice-select-committee-crowndependencies.pdf Government Response to the Justice Select Committee's report: Crown Dependencies