Allister Heath: Theresa May's first 100 days
An airports bill should also be pushed through, backingHeathrow or Gatwick: this would send the strongest possible sign that Britain remains open for business. We need a new housing act to promote housebuilding; if she wants to take on vested interests, she should defy NIMBY-ists.
At the same time, she will have to turbocharge her Brexit department. She needs to move hundreds of civil servants into it, and order the mandarins to make this their No. 1 priority; trade negotiators must be recruited. The new trade secretary, Fox, needs to launch a world trade tour to begin striking free-trade agreements and build confidence in the future. It would be a wonderful symbol were we to flesh out our first draft trade deal during her first 100 days, even if only with a small economy.
There is no time for a holiday. May must meet Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, before the end of August, and start building a close rapport with her. She must meet or speak to all other possible allies in the EU to create a pro-free-trade coalition. She needs to spend a huge amount of her own time on all Brexit-related matters.
The new prime minister has started well. Her job is immense, both at home and abroad. She deserves the support of her party.
The Daily Telegraph