This 18 April 2011 video from Britain says about itself:
The Sultan of Brunei has said he values his country’s military relationship with the UK during an address at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. The Sultan was there to represent the Queen during the Sovereign Parade and to see his own son commission as an officer. As he spoke to the new Second Lieutenants he said he had fond memories of his own time at college and wishes them success serving their own countries.
By Phil Miller in Britain:
Sunday, March 31, 2019
British base in homophobic Brunei criticised
BRITAIN’S military presence in the south-east Asian nation of Brunei is facing fresh criticism from campaigners after the country’s autocratic ruler passed a new law making adultery and homosexuality punishable by death.
“We have personnel permanently based in the country … withdrawing would be a powerful bargaining chip, unless [the Ministry of Defence is] happy to prop up a brutal autocracy?”
The British army has three military bases in Brunei at Sittang Camp, Medicina Lines and Tuker Lines, housing around 2,000 troops under an agreement signed by then prime minister David Cameron in 2015.
Many of the British soldiers are Gurkha mercenaries from Nepal, reinforced by army helicopters.
Although the troops use Brunei for jungle warfare training, critics say Britain’s presence there helps support the sultan — one of the world’s wealthiest men — who has ruled since 1967.
Brunei was a British protectorate until 1984 and Anglo-Dutch company Shell has major oil reserves in Brunei dating back to 1929.
The Ministry of Defence told the Morning Star that the new law will not affect any British LGBT soldiers stationed in Brunei as they are protected by a separate bilateral agreement.
However the Foreign Office has written to Brunei expressing concerns about the new law.
A spokesperson said: “Capital punishment goes against our national values and has been banned in the United Kingdom for decades.
“The Minister for Asia and High Commissioner have raised their concerns in person, and we have updated the travel advice to alert British citizens of the new local laws in Brunei.”
The Tory MP Penny Mordaunt, who is Minister for Women and Equalities, tweeted: “No-one should face the death penalty because of who they love.
“Brunei’s decision is barbaric and the UK stands with the LGBT+ community and those who defend their rights.
“LGBT+ rights are human rights.”
British troops are based in all these countries – but this is the Foreign Office’s travel advice:
Ellen DeGeneres Boycotts Sultan Of Brunei’s Hotels Amid Launch Of Anti-Gay Laws. Brunei implemented a law making gay sex punishable by death, so many are boycotting hotels owned by the country’s Sultan: here.
BRUNEI WON’T ENFORCE GAY DEATH PENALTY Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah extended a moratorium on the death penalty to legislation prohibiting gay sex, seeking to temper a global backlash led by celebrities such as George Clooney and Elton John. [Reuters]