Few politicians would proclaim to have magical powers, but today Philip Hammond seemed to develop the ability to make currencies drop on every word he says.
Delivering a crucial Budget to parliament the pound plummeted as he rifled through a raft of shaky economic indicators.
He acknowledged that the economic outlook for the country is deteriorating, setting growth forecasts under 2 per cent for the next five years.
He then announced that he will put aside an extra £3 billion to prepare for all possible Brexit outcomes.
As he spoke the pound tumbled on the currency markets in a move that has been described by some people on Twitter as being in correspondence with their “will to live”.
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— Bloomberg Brexit (@Brexit) November 22, 2017