The government has consulted lawyers over the EU's no deal plans

The government has consulted lawyers over the EU's no deal plans

A government reshuffle by British Prime Minister Theresa May was dismissed even by some of her allies on Tuesday as a failure that one said left her attempt to reassert her authority in "smoke and wreckage".

During the course of the reshuffle that was launched on Monday, January 8, Brandon Lewis was designated as Conservative Party chairman, David Lidington became Cabinet Office Secretary and David Gauke took the post of Justice Secretary.

Her comments came as Downing Street sources indicated she would begin her expected reshuffle amid reports that a series of senior ministers are set to be axed or moved.

London is seriously preparing for Brexit without trade deal.

May's most senior colleagues - Chancellor Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Brexit Secretary David Davis - known as "The Big Four", will remain in their positions.

The former Conservative party chairperson, Patrick McLoughlin, lost his job after the disastrous snap election. The tweet was immediately deleted.

Former immigration minister Lewis, who also takes the title of minister without portfolio, said he was "honoured" to be appointed party chairman less than eight years after arriving in the House of Commons as MP for Great Yarmouth in 2010.

After the breakthrough in the December negotiations, the expectations for Hard Brexit are now smaller.

But Mr Lidington will fill in for Mrs May at Prime Minister's Questions and take on some of the responsibilities for chairing influential Cabinet committees, including some relating to Brexit.

While viewed as a chance at a fresh start, the reshuffle brings risks of upsetting the delicate balance of eurosceptic and pro-European ministers.

David Lidington was appointed as minister for the cabinet office, replacing May's closest friend in parliament, Damian Green, who was forced to resign past year over misleading statements over pornography found on his computer.

The European Commission said it's surprised U.K. Brexit Secretary David Davis is questioning its contingency plans for failing to get a deal with Britain, adding that it was only following the government's lead.

Writing to British Prime Minister Theresa May last month, Davis criticized the European Union for adopting measures in the event a deal is not reached before the UK's exit in March 2019.

Theresa May would no doubt have liked to have reshaped her cabinet more - but while she is propped up by the DUP and has a party still split over Brexit, this is as much tinkering as she feels she is able to carry out.

May also replaced Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire after he resigned to undergo major surgery, as a small lesion was found on his right lung. He has failed to bring together feuding political parties in the British province, where the devolved government collapsed a year ago nearly to the day.

May's grip on power was weakened by her Conservative Party's poor showing in a June election, which saw it reduced to a minority government.

One rising star, backbench MP James Cleverly, was named deputy chairman of the Conservative party.