The people of Catalonia had been tricked in to taking part in the banned vote, Rajoy said, according to Reuters, adding that the referendum was a strategy by the regional government against legality and democratic harmony and was a “path that leads to nowhere.”

Read alsoSpanish court suspends Catalonia’s independence voteRajoy thanked security forces for upholding the law and doing their job.

He also called to meet with all Spanish political parties to discuss the country’s future following the referendum.