English BIll of Rights 1689

English BIll of Rights 1689

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  • We accept the declaration.
  • Limits will be set. Here are some of them...
  • William and Mary were offered the throne in 1689 after James the Second abdicated the throne and deserted the kingdom.
  • Both William and Mary agreed to set limitations to the sovereign by a declarations of rights, which was later to be referred to as a bill, created by the people of England.
  • These limits included Parliament taking control of taxation and legislation, also known as taxes and laws. It guaranteed that the power the sovereign had would not be abused, and the sovereign were forbidden from suspending laws that were passed by Parliament.
  • In addition to the previous principles, no excessive fines or bails could be put out, there was to be no interference with elections or freedom of speech, actions taken by Parliament were to not be questioned in court, cruel or unusual punishments were to not be done, Parliament was to meet frequently, and jurors were to be chosen appropriately.
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