Threats and More Threats

Even the most ardent of those trying to keep the UK in the EU are getting somewhat rattled at the extent of threats against the UK, particularly from the unelected heads of the EU and the leaders of Germany and France. Many are wondering, as more and more threats are made about what harm will be done to the UK, what sort of club did we belong to and still do for the time being.
Threats that we will be excommunicated from EU trade and forced to pay tens of billions in exit fees are becoming everyday news. Does the EU have the power to cripple or destroy a country’s ability to trade? Why so many threats, why is the EU so desperate to prevent the UK leaving, is it all about money. Certainly looks like it.