What is Bill of Rights?

The Bill of Rights or the Bill of Rights 1688 is an Act of the Parliament of England passed on 16 December 1689. This lays down limits on the powers of sovereign and sets out the rights of Parliament and rules for freedom of speech in Parliament, the requirement to regular elections to Parliament and the right to petition the monarch without fear of retribution. It reestablished the liberty of the protestants to have arms for their defence within the rule of law as Papists were both armed and employed contrary to law.

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