Catalan separatists threaten to nix Spanish gov't budget

Catalonia's separatist leader says the Spanish government's bid to pass a national budget is doomed unless the wealthy northeastern region is allowed to hold a referendum on secession from the rest of the country

BARCELONA, Spain -- Catalonia's separatist leader says the Spanish government's bid to pass a national budget is doomed unless the wealthy northeastern region is allowed to hold a referendum on secession from the rest of the country.

Catalan regional president Quim Torra has told The Associated Press that Catalonia's separatist parties "will vote against the budget because there has been no movement by the Spanish national government toward what we are demanding."

Sanchez has refused to agree to a referendum, which the nation's courts say would violate the Constitution.