South West England
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South West England is one of the regions of England. It is in the south-west of the United Kingdom, and covers the area known as the West Country and much of the historical area of Wessex, although omitting Hampshire. Although referendums are planned on whether elected assemblies should be set up in some of the regions, there is none planned in the South West.
It was originally divided into just Avon, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset, and Wiltshire. Since then, Avon has been abolished, and many districts have separated from their original county.
There is some controversy over the status of Cornwall within the region. While many consider it part of England, a significant minority consider it to be a nation in its own right. Most of these do not advocate independence, however, but devolution outside an artificial "Devonwall"/"South West" region. A petition for a Cornish assembly has received over 50,000 signatures.
- Government Office for the South West
- South West Regional Assembly
- South West Regional Development Agency
- Campaign for a Cornish Assembly
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|Districts of England – South West England|
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