Yesterday's marathon parliamentary session in Catalonia [did not end][yest] with pro-independence MPs passing the new referendum bill, or with First Minister Carles Puigdemont signing the bill into regional law, or with the Catalan government, en masse, signing the decree that calls the referendum itself.

Shortly after 1 a.m., the Catalan parliament announced it had admitted the second of the two separatist bills for debate: [the secession bill][secession], which pro-independence leaders mean to use as a pseudo-constitution until the constitution of a future Catalan republic is drawn u...