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Madrid toughens Catalonia stance as separatists push on

Spain's top courts on Friday heaped fresh threats on Catalan separatists who have pushed on with their independence bid, passing a law outlining a transition to a possible independent republic. After sparking Spain's deepest political crisis in 40 years by voting this week to move ahead with a referendum, Catalonia's separatist-controlled regional parliament upped the ante by passing a bill in the early hours which would take effect if they won the popular vote on October 1.
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