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There obviously is a standard listing, as evidenced by the coding (illustrated on the map in Wikipedia): What you could do, to illustrate the order, if you don't want to provide a map, is list the codes: UKC North East UKD North West UKE Yorkshire & Humber UKF East Midlands ... UKL Wales UKM Scotland UKN Northern Ireland This should absolve you of any ...
I think the best alternative is to put the 'non England' bits at the top of the list. For some reason (size?) I would order them like this Scotland Wales Northern Ireland Visually it 'gets them out of the way' before the user starts to scroll through the England list. And then follow on with the England regions as you have them.
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