EU Member States Country Profiles: The Current State of Affairs in Europe
English is spoken by 95% of the population in the United Kingdom. Welsh is the official language of Wales. However, in the 2011 National Census over 20% of the population listed a language other than English as their first language. Up to 153 languages have been reported in some urban areas, and over 300,000 people living in the U.K. report that they do not speak English at all. Consequently, much has been done to address the needs of this linguistically diverse population. As regards public service interpreting, certification does exist although there is no statutory protection of title for interpreters, i.e. there is no legal impediment to any person trading as an interpreter (or translator), irrespective of whether they are qualified or registered. Judges do not require only qualified LIs to be used, although they might express a preference for one.
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