King Edward I (Longshanks) edict of 1290 expelling the Jews from England is it still in force ?

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King Edward I (Longshanks) edict of 1290 expelling the Jews from England is it still in force ?

Yours faithfully,

G.Jessel

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Wilson, Eleanor, Law Commission

Dear G. Jessel,

 

Thank you for your email dated 29 June 2017. This is the response to your
Freedom of Information request which has been passed to me.

 

The Law Commission is a statutory body which is responsible for reforming
and modernising the law, and the Edict of Expulsion as a royal edict. As
such, we do not hold information of the description specified in your
request.

 

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That notwithstanding, I have found the following information with
relevance to your query:

 

First, the Edict of Expulsion in 1290 was not a statutory law with
continuous force but a unilateral Royal Decree which compelled the Jews in
England  to leave by a fixed date in November 1290 or face execution. It
does not appear to have contained prospective content.

 

The ongoing practical effect of the Edict was overturned by Oliver
Cromwell’s ‘Readmission’ or ‘Resettlement’ of Jews to England in 1655-56,
when he made it clear in a statement, backed by the Council of State, that
the ban would no longer be enforced and the presence of Jews was openly
tolerated.

 

Since then, the formal Emancipation of Jewish people in the UK took place
in 1858 when Lionel de Rothschild became the first Jewish member of
Parliament.

 

Moreover, the Human Rights Act 1998 guarantees protection of the right to
freedom of thought, conscience and religion, as enshrined in the
Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms,
agreed by the Council of Europe at Rome on 4th November 1950.

 

In conclusion, the Edict on 1290 is not “in force” and has no effect
today.

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

Eleanor Wilson

 

 

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