Unless expressly authorised to do so by HMG in the UK, Overseas Territories (OTs) do not have the authority to become party to treaties in their own right. The UK must extend treaties to them. This is normally done either at the time of the UK’s ratification, or at some later date. When the UK is involved in the negotiation or signature of any treaty which could apply to the OTs it is important that they are fully consulted at the earliest stage. The OTs must then be allowed a proper length of time to consider the implications of having any treaty extended to them.