The Crown is permitted to engage a standing army in time of peace only as provided by statute1. Therefore, as there is in this respect no residuary power of the prerogative upon which Crown authority may rely, any purported engagement of personnel not authorised by statute for an army is null and void2. The authority for the relationship between the Crown and a person enlisting in its military service depends therefore on statutory provisions3 and, unlike the terms and conditions of service which form the relationship
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