‘Magic’ Budget folder changes green on Sky News leaving viewers baffled

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been accused of having "magic powers" by baffled viewers when the folder containing the Budget appeared to change colour on Sky News today.

In the clip, Sunak is seen departing Number 10 with the red folder under his arms while deep in conversation with a colleague.

Mysteriously, when he walks behind a car and then reappears, the folder is bright green.

The strange phenomenon is not explained by Sky News during the report, giving rise to theories that it was an "optical illusion" and jokes that the chancellor had special powers.

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A viewer on Twitter joked: “He can change the folder colour because he's a magician….. in fact a member of the 'Magic Circle'….. needs to be if he's got any hope of delivering a budget that benefits any of us!!”

Someone else commented: “Dear @SkyNews, can you explain this? Watch the folder! Crazy! Will we see magic like that from him in the #Budget2020? #coronavirus.”

“As #Budget2020 is upon us, is it strange that I’m extremely preoccupied with the Chancellors Rishi Sunak magically changing folder colour. Watch closely,” tweeted a third eagle-eyed viewer.

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The rumours of supernatural powers were later put to bed, with a Sky News producer admitting the “magic” was the work of colour editing.

Rhiannon Williams, a Climate Change Producer, tweeted: “Nothing sinister – just a small colour switch to really drive home the need to make this the greenest budget yet.”

Sunak has been chancellor for just three weeks, getting the top Cabinet role after Sajid Javid resigned.

The clip was taken before he delivered his 2020 Budget today.

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In it, Sunak said that without accounting for the impact of coronavirus, the Office for Budget Responsibility has forecast growth of 1.1% in 2020, 1.8% in 2021 and then 1.5%, 1.3%, and 1.4% in the following years.

To cope with the fallout of novel coronavirus, he said there will be £2bn of sick-pay rebates for small businesses with fewer than 250 employees.

He said that fuel duty will remain frozen for another year.

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