Would they be allowed to vote on UK-wide laws? And would they still stand in May 2015?
There is no guarantee that fair distribution of opportunity will even be a factor in the election.
A public vote offers the best prospect of responding to democratic alienation from the union, and establishing a secure platform for the UK's engagement in its future.
Shadow chancellor's comments suggest mood in the party is hardening against an in/out referendum.
The party's new 404 page features Ed Balls and the message "Just like Labour's plan for the economy, this page doesn't exist."
Local voters resent outside interference and Lib Dem activists will be encouraged to rush to their leader's defence.
Labour peer corrects Conservative claims that he has come out against the policy.
The Deputy PM's warning that he would "absolutely insist" that a new coalition would not "break the bank" suggests that he may push Labour to back an Osborne-style deficit plan.
A reforming, centre-left government must fashion a credible and robust statecraft, revitalising the civil service for the challenges of the contemporary age.
Shadow health secretary reveals he will soon travel to Brussels to lobby for the health service to be exempted from international competition law.