How did the English Bill of Rights affect English government?


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The English Bill of Rights moved the English people from being subjects under the rule of one king to free people with rights under the government. The Bill of Rights was the first step towards what would come to be known as the English Constitution. The bill was passed after James II abandoned the throne during the Revolution of 1688, which occurred due to his abuse of power.

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The bill of rights stopped monarchs from suspending laws or collecting taxes that were not authorized by Parliament. Under the bill of rights, the current ruler was forbidden to have a standing army during peacetime. The people were given the ability to hold free elections, actually debate items in Parliament and to be protected from cruel and unusual punishments.

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